Thayer's father Andrew Wiederhorn is the chief executive of the parent company of Fatburger and the Johnny Rockets restaurant chains. He's being investigated in connection to family members' allegations of securities and wire fraud, money laundering and attempted tax evasion.
Thayer and Brooke's Beverly Grove home was probed by federal agents back in December. A search warrant was approved by a judge to search the home of the Wiederhorns top to bottom.
According to court documents federal agents retrieved phones, digital storage devices, tax documents and other records from the couple’s home. The feds also had permission to search Andrew's Beverly Hills mansion — but there is currently no evidence to indicate that raid ever took place.
Affidavits in regards to the investigation show that the FBI had been investigating several financial crimes alleged against the Johnny Rockets head. Agents in relation to the case claim Wiederhorn "devised and executed a fraudulent scheme." The chief executive allegedly received “millions of dollars in sham loans” he had funneled through his various companies.
The filings also allege that Wiederhorn scammed millions of American Express rewards points by routing the company's money through his son’s PayPal account. This is more than likely what got the approval to search through the prodigy's estate. There's been no word whether or not Thayer was aware of the routing of cash through his personal accounts.
Wiederhorn's attorney Douglas Fuchs of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, said released a statement late Friday claiming “Mr. Wiederhorn categorically denies these allegations and at the appropriate time we will demonstrate that the government has its facts wrong.”
Court records show that neither Brooke nor her reality TV mom are named in the investigation specifically. Brooke is the oldest daughter of the Sharknado actress. Her 2014 wedding was featured on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills chronicling the lead up to her nuptials with the fast-food dynasty and her mother's involvement.