Federal Raids in Bray's Loansharking Case Extend to Oakland Wine Distributor
Two Oakland County searches by federal agents are linked to "an unusual case involving Bray's Hamburgers, the murky world of loan sharking and an Albanian freedom fighter," Robert Snell reports in The Detroit News.
Federal agents executed search warrants Aug. 2 at businessman Randy Dzierzawski's house in Oakland Township and a Rochester office suite used by his wine company.
Dzierzawski, 50, is identified in court records as allegedly loaning money through Bray's owner Tomo Duhanaj, whom prosecutors have labeled a violent loan shark.
The owner of Vinifera Wine Co., a distributor incorporated in 2010, isn't charged in the case involving the man who owns a popular Westland burger joint.
Duhanaj is a Troy resident who was charged in August with . . . charging exorbitant interest rates to local Albanians. He also is charged with witness tampering. . . .
Duhanaj remains jailed without bond because he allegedly is a former Albanian freedom fighter who entered the United States illegally.