The website of Tibor’s Kosher Meats , established in 1971, promises customers “freshness, innovation, and tradition in a glatt kosher butcher.”
But according to a civil asset forfeiture complaint filed last month by the federal government, when his 21-year-old employee, Ilan Senders, bought the shop from Tibor Rosenberg in 2019, he was interested less in retail brisket innovations than in wholesale money laundering opportunities.
It turns out that Ilan’s brother, Eyton, had come into millions of dollars by manufacturing more than 3.7 million THC vape cartridges in California under the Dank Vapes and Dankwoods brands and then distributing them illegally across state lines, starting in 2018.
According to the filings, first reported by the Cleveland Jewish News, the Department of Justice hopes to seize $2,197,323 in cash, houses, gold, a boat, a Porsche sports car, watches, and other assets. This follows a raid last September at the butcher shop, as well as at the homes of Eyton; the brothers’ parents, where Ilan lives; their sister, and others.
In 2019, the Cleveland Jewish News reported that Mr. Rosenberg, who had owned the store for 30 years and was then 65, hadn’t been thinking of selling the business when Ilan Senders first made an offer.
“I didn’t think they were serious,” Mr. Rosenberg told the Cleveland Jewish News. “He wanted to work. He worked. And it’s almost two years. He got serious talking about selling the business. I came to the point and realized that I’m old enough to retire.”