- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - The owner of a weekly suburban newspaper has been declared dangerous to society after being charged with falsifying loan applications, committing tax fraud and tampering with witnesses.

At a bail hearing Friday, a federal judge ordered Selim Zherka detained as a flight risk and a danger to the community.

The 46-year-old Zherka owns the free weekly Westchester Guardian and two strip clubs and is active in Westchester County’s Independence Party. He filed a lawsuit last year claiming he was targeted by the IRS for his tea party activities.

Zherka pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he lied about his assets when applying for loans, failed to file some tax returns, lied on others and tampered with witnesses during the investigation.

A call to his lawyer was not immediately returned.

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