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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Kansas

For Immediate Release

December 13, 2011

Barry Grissom, United States Attorney

Contact: Jim Cross, Public Affairs
(316) 269-6481

Topeka Man Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Charge In Arson

TOPEKA, KAN. — A Topeka man has pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge in connection with an arson at a convenience store, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Choudhry Zafar Iqbal, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. Prosecutors said the facts of the case show that Iqbal operated the Kwik Stop at 738 S.W. Gage Boulevard in Topeka. The store was destroyed by arson on March 11, 2007. On March 12, 2007, Iqbal made a false and fraudulent insurance claim on the fire while he was speaking by telephone with a claims representative for Continental Western Insurance Company in Nebraska.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 13. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Hough is prosecuting.