FBI didn't raid our offices, Turnpike boss says
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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission today denied an online report that the FBI had seized computer equipment and records from the commission's offices.
Toll Roads News today reported on its Web newsletter site that last Thursday morning, FBI officers showed up unexpectedly at the turnpike offices in Harrisburg "and apparently presented their authority (subpoena) to impound, examine and confiscate equipment and records as part of a criminal investigation. The agents returned and spent most of Friday at the Turnpike also."
The publication later added to its report that this morning, a public affairs officer for the FBI denied that agents were at the turnpike offices Thursday or Friday. But it refused a turnpike commission demand that it remove the story from the Web.
Turnpike CEO Joe Brimmeier today told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that "It never happened. The FBI did not visit any turnpike offices or confiscate any equipment belonging to the turnpike. (Toll Roads News) has a long history of sloppy or inaccurate reporting that reflects their efforts to malign the Pennsylvania Turnpike and its over 2,200 employees. Today they crossed the line between sloppy and reckless. The posting is false."
Toll Roads News describes itself as the "journalist venture" of a Frederick, Md., man.
First Published October 28, 2009 1:20 pm