EXCLUSIVE: FBI Raids Local Tax Businesses

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Raids Local Tax Businesses

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3 tax services were raided Wednesday in Monroeville by the FBI.

ACE Tax Service, The Penn Agency and Preyear Financial Consultants of Atmore were all part of the ongoing investigation.

Investigators say they're looking into possible fraudulant practices at each location.

Agents centered in on the businesses Wednesday, taking boxes of files with them.

The owner of ACE had no comment on Wednesday regarding the investigation.

The owner of the Penn Agency tells News 5 it is "too fresh and too sensitive" to comment on.

Allen Tucker owns Tax Express in Monroeville. His business has nothing to do with the investigation, but he's glad the agents are looking at the industry and the illegal practices taking place.

"It's added a lot of additional work on our part, but these other people they don't care about the documents anyways. They're going to manipulate it and they're going to lie, so it's not added any additional work on them but it's added additional work on us," said Tucker.

Tucker says he's heard about the problem nationwide taking place each year. The task force commander tells News 5 this is an "epidemic."

All business remain open at this time and there have been no arrests.

The findings are now in the hands of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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