FBI investigating City of Jarrell

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and Photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on January 3, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 3 at 7:14 PM

JARRELL, Texas -- The City of Jarrell is under investigation after an FBI raid at City Hall.

Federal agents executed search warrants at the Jarrell Police Department and several city offices.

Sources close to the investigation say the raid stems from allegations surrounding the former police chief. 

The city manager tells KVUE agents came in armed with guns, badges and boxes. They seized every computer in the building with the exception of one to allow the City to do business. They also interviewed several employees one at a time.

"They interviewed several of us individually about different things. Mine, the forensic accountant was interviewing me about where our money sources are, how we handle payments and invoices and different things of that sort," said Jarrell City Manager Mel Yantis.

Yantis said FBI forensic accountants told him their search had nothing to do with current employees of the City.

"They provided us with a copy of the warrant, which was a sealed warrant. Still, today, we don't know exactly what they're looking for and how it will affect the City. I wasn't really concerned. In the last year, we've updated our records and moved city hall," Yantis said.

Sources tell KVUE this investigation stems from information inside the police department.

Currently Jarrell does not have a police chief. The former chief resigned last October and an interim chief is working now.

KVUE asked the former chief if he knew anything about this investigation. He says he knows nothing.

City employees are back to work, and the FBI has returned their computers.
 

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