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Scottsdale man, mother indicted in restaurant fraud scheme

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Posted at 9:55 AM, Feb 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-08 11:55:15-05

PHOENIX (AP) — A Scottsdale man and his mother have been indicted for alleged wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Federal prosecutors say 52-year-old Frank Capri and 68-year-old Debbie Corvo of Cave Creek are accused of orchestrating the collapse of two county music branded restaurant chains in Arizona and across the country.

Court documents show Capri was arrested Wednesday and later arraigned in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.

He entered a plea of not guilty.

According to the Arizona Republic, Capri's company built 20 Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill restaurants beginning in 2009.

The newspaper says 19 restaurants closed in about 18 months, and Capri also was behind the financial ruin of 19 Rascal Flatts restaurant projects.