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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

FBI raid related to continuing NCED inquiry

(NCED = National Center for Employment of the Disabled)


"It's a little over the top here. I've never seen that many people in suits without smiles."

"I'm stunned. I can't imagine that the FBI would execute search warrants without probable cause."

"The community should withhold any judgment at this point."

"Clearly, this makes us look terrible."

The above notable (and quasi-humorous) quotes are taken from several related articles in today's El Paso (Texas) Times. The main story is linked above.
Federal agents' appearance shocks many
EPISD trustee's office was searched
Investigation sours commissioners' image
County attempts to move on after search

Kinard said he could not say what the investigation centers on, stating only that it is "related to an investigation involving former employees of NCED."

Robert E. "Bob" Jones, the former president and CEO of NCED, now called ReadyOne Industries, has been the target of a federal investigation since last year, when he resigned.

ReadyOne provides employment on federal no-bid contracts to severely disabled workers. The company came close to being thrown out of the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Program by the Committee for Purchase for violating the requirement that 75 percent of its work on federal contracts be performed by severely disabled workers.

At the start of the committee's investigation, sparked by an El Paso Times article in late 2005, NCED had 4,000 employees and contracts totaling more than $200 million.

In the wake of the investigation, the company laid off nearly 3,000 workers.

In the past year, the FBI has executed several search warrants at the offices of various lawyers and businesspeople in El Paso, all related to the investigation of a former NCED employee.

While FBI officials will not expand on the scope of the investigation, a copy of the search warrant given to TerĂ¡n states that investigators were looking for "documents constituting evidence concerning violations of Title 18 of the United States Code Sections 666, 1341, 1346, and 1956, as more particularly described in Attachment B and incorporated herein." According to the U.S. Code, Title 18 involves "Crimes and Criminal Procedure." The particular sections specifically involve theft, bribery or fraud receiving federal funds.

Gonna be interesting, and maybe entertaining, to see how this plays out. Popcorn, anyone?

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