Tibor’s Kosher Meats, one house in University Heights and two in Beachwood were raided Sept. 22 by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department and federal law enforcement under federal search warrants.
One of the houses searched was at 14393 Washington Blvd. in University Heights, and is owned by Toni Dee and Cary Senders, according to the Cuyahoga County Auditor’s website. Their son, Ilan Senders, is the owner of Tibor’s. Cary Senders is co-founder of iGROW Induction Lighting. They are a commercial agricultural manufacturer and provide agricultural lighting systems for farmers, according to their website.
Law enforcement officials carried out at least two boxes and wheeled a suitcase from the University Heights house Sept. 22. One law enforcement agent told the Cleveland Jewish News that a search warrant was executed at the house. There were at least six law enforcement vehicles, some of which had Maryland license plates. Law enforcement was heard using a tool that is used to break open walls, floors or doors.
Another house at 2543 S. Green in Beachwood was also being searched, which is owned by Jason and Rachel Zuchowski, according to the Cuyahoga County Auditor’s website. Rachel is the daughter of Toni Dee and Cary Senders, and sister of Ilan Senders. According to her LinkedIn profile, she is CEO at Tibor’s Fine Jewelry. At least two sheriff’s vehicles were at the home.
At Tibor’s, located at 2185 S. Green Road in University Heights, there were at least six law enforcement vehicles, including two with Maryland license plates, and several law enforcement agents present the afternoon of Sept. 22. Homeland Security Investigations of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was present as well. A box and bag were taken from the shop at about 1 p.m.
“Our office of criminal investigations is conducting law enforcement activity in the area,” Jeremy Kahn, press officer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and who works out of the Washington, D.C., area told the CJN Sept. 22. “As a matter of policy, the FDA does not comment on open investigations.”
The butcher shop was closed for the day and reopened Sept. 23.
In an interview with the CJN Sept. 23, Ilan Senders said, “We’re doing beautiful. We’re open for business as usual and we’re going to continue to be open for business as usual.”
When asked questions specifically about the raid on his business, Ilan Senders said, “I’m not answering any other questions like that.”
At 2560 Larchmont Road in Beachwood, a canine unit was used during a raid that started at about 9:45 a.m. That home is also owned by Jason and Rachel Zuchowski, according to the auditor’s website.
The raids appear to have been coordinated.
Bridget Brennan, who is a spokeswoman for the Northern Ohio U.S. District Attorney’s Office, told the CJN Sept. 22 she could not comment on an ongoing investigation.
“I have no comment,” she told the Cleveland Jewish News. “We don’t typically comment where something investigative is occurring.”
Lifestyles Editor Amanda Koehn contributed to this report.
Publisher’s Note: Faces of law enforcement officers have been blurred intentionally.