This story ran on July 27, 2011 on the website of the ABC affiliate WTVG in Toledo, Ohio. The second story ran in the Toledo Blade and it specifically stated that the BH Group was located in that building. It’s unclear if the FBI was actually involved.
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) — FBI agents raided a business in downtown near Fifth Third Field.
The business is in the upper level of a building that borders Fifth Third Field above Frickers. Again, the place was upstairs from the restaurant, and not connected to the business.
Around 12:30, we spotted FBI agents’ vehicles. According to a source, they were inside the second-floor office of Commercial Energy Products. We’re also told the raid may have been issued by the IRS.
So far, we have nothing confirmed. As of 5:00pm Wednesday, we’re still waiting to hear from the FBI.
We’ll bring you details as they become available.
IRS raids downtown Toledo business
The IRS raided a downtown Toledo business Wednesday morning.
Craig Casserly, spokesman for the IRS criminal investigation unit, could not comment on what businesses was raided in the 19 N. St. Clair St. building because legal documents were sealed in federal court. He expected the documents would be sealed for “quite awhile.”
He said agents were there on “official business” and that he believed the IRS was the only agency at the building.
A woman who works at Fricker’s Restaurant, which is in the same building where the raid took place, said the IRS came in about 10:30 a.m. but did not know which business was raided.
The building is home to several businesses, including Fricker’s; Milewski, Smith, and Tschantz; Commercial Energy Products; The B. H. G roup, and Fracture Design.
The door to the offices was locked Wednesday evening and a special code is needed to access the elevator. There is a buzzer next to the elevator to call the different agencies, but no one answered.
The Lucas County Auditor’s Web site lists three different owners, including Right Field LLC, Lucas County Commissioners, and John M. Wilson and Arlene Singer.