Federal agents swarm Dania Beach wireless businessDANIA BEACH, Fla. – Federal agents swarmed a Dania Beach building Wednesday as part of a multiagency
DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Federal agents swarmed a Dania Beach building Wednesday as part of a multiagency investigation into a telecommunications company.
Agents from the United States Postal Inspection Police, the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service and the Broward Sheriff’s Office have been filtering in and out of the Regions Bank building at 499 Sheridan Street, but authorities say the investigation has nothing to do with the bank, rather a company called Q Link Wireless that operates inside.
Q Link Wireless is a telecommunications company that provides free wireless services to eligible Lifeline subscribers. Lifeline is the Federal Communications Commission’s program intended to make communication services more accessible to low-income consumers.
Investigators could be seen removing boxes full of evidence and putting them into the back of a U.S. Postal Service truck.
What exactly they are looking for has not yet been disclosed, but Local 10 news is told the investigation has been going on for two years and involves alleged fraud.
“It’s a nationwide service, so it’s not just a local South Florida issue,” said Ivan Ramirez, a U.S. Postal inspector. “When you have folks that are utilizing or depending on a particular service, perhaps something like this corporation or maybe a similar one like it, that does tie into a lot of the services and a lot of benefits that our citizens receive, especially those that are of lower income status. And so that would affect us all at a grander scale, obviously, at the federal scale. And as you would imagine, federal monies are the ones that support those and subsidize those programs. And that’s why we’re here.”
Nobody has been arrested, and reps from Q Link Wireless are cooperating with authorities.
Local 10 News has reached out to the company’s owner Issa Asad for comment and has yet to hear back. His attorneys are cooperating with the investigation but declined comment.
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