New charges announced against 2 brothers accused of setting fire to their Old City business

Antionette Lee
February 27, 2020 - 8:38 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — New charges were announced Thursday against the two brothers already in prison for allegedly setting a fire almost two years ago to their business in Old City that quickly spread and caused road and business closures for months. 

Imad Dawara and Bahaa Dawara are now facing tax fraud charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the Dawara brothers hid money from the IRS by underreporting receipts for multiple businesses that they co-owned and operated. Those businesses include B-Side Complex, a nightclub and hookah lounge on Delaware Avenue, and a couple of restaurants.

This is the second indictment against the brothers. 

Last July, a grand jury returned a 10-count indictment charging them for allegedly planning and causing the arson of their business at 239 Chestnut Street in February 2018, in order to receive insurance money. They were also charged with mail and wire fraud.

The fire caused millions of dollars in damages and displaced several families. Some of those businesses in the area have still not recovered yet. 

If convicted, the brothers could face five additional years in prison and a $250,000 fine.