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Spokesman Review: Felon accused of extorting Tacos Tumbras owner

Posted by Cyrus Farivar on March 15, 2008

I’m sorry, but if you think it’s a good idea to start extorting taco truck owners — especially in Spokane, WA — for money, you’re probably not going to get very far.

Spokesman Review:

A federal charge of impersonating an FBI agent has been filed against a multiple-time felon accused of extorting cash and taking the taco trailer used as the source of income for a Spokane businessman facing deportation.

In addition to the federal charge, Marwan Abdullah Nasser faces a state charge for allegedly kidnapping the son of taco vender Carlos Zuniga to back up extortion demands.

The self-employed businessman, who operated the popular “Tacos Tumbras” in Spokane and Spokane Valley, was told he could avoid deportation to Mexico and remain in Spokane if he paid cash bribes to a man he was told was an FBI agent, court documents say.

Zuniga, briefly detained last summer on pending civil deportation charges, later was introduced to Nasser by local Hispanic activist Carmella LeBlanc “who told Carlos (Zuniga) that Nasser was with the FBI,” the documents allege.