Restaurant owner pleads not guilty to stolen IDs

Posted: Updated:
Bret Frimmel By Mike Gertzman Bret Frimmel By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
Lisa Norton By Mike Gertzman Lisa Norton By Mike Gertzman
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- The owner of two Phoenix-area restaurants accused of trafficking in stolen identities has pleaded not guilty.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 40-year-old Bret Frimmel entered his plea Tuesday.

He's scheduled to be in court again Wednesday for an oral argument to modify release conditions.

Frimmel is the owner of the Uncle Sam's restaurants in north Phoenix and Peoria.

He was arrested on Jan. 22 on suspicion of four counts of trafficking the identity of another, four counts of identity theft and two counts of forgery.

The restaurant's 53-year-old manager also was arrested in the case on similar charges.

Officials with the county Sheriff's Office say they began investigating the restaurants in October 2012.

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.