FBI agents investigating U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) conducted six raids this morning – including at the homes of his daughter and a longtime friend.
In all, agents executed four search warrants in Philadelphia and two in Jacksonville, Fla., officials said.
In Center City, agents searched the law office of John Gallagher, a Weldon friend who has done extensive business in Russia and former Soviet Republics.
In Media, Pa., agents searched the offices of public relations firm formed by Weldon’s longtime friend Charles P. Sexton Jr., and the congressman’s daughter, Karen. Sexton and Karen Weldon formed Solutions North America, in 2002, and won $1 million in contracts from two Russian energy firms and a Serbian family with ties to Slobodan Milosevic.
The Philadelphia raids began early this morning. Shortly before noon, FBI agents left Karen Weldon’s three-story brick house on Queen Street in Philadelphia carrying armfuls of boxes.
A government car pulled into the alley to the back door of the house and loaded boxes into it. Three agents standing in an alley – members of the FBI’s public corruption squad – declined to identify themselves.
“I can confirm that we conducted a number of searches regarding an ongoing investigation,” said FBI agent Jerri Williams, a spokeswoman in Philadelphia. “Details regarding those investigation[s] cannot be provided because the accompanying affidavit is sealed.”
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