Feds raid Twin Liquors headquarters

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News, SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News, photojournalist MATT OLSEN and KVUE.com

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Posted on April 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 11:04 AM

AUSTIN – Employees were back at work Wednesday after a liquor store's Austin headquarters was raided by federal agencies Tuesday.

A multi-agency investigation involving federal agents and state agents went well into the evening Tuesday at the Twin Liquors Warehouse on Airport Boulevard at Koenig.

On Tuesday the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other agencies executed a federal search warrant at the store's headquarters, which is located at 5639 Airport Boulevard near U.S. 290. IRS officials told KVUE on the scene that they were there on "official business." Officials would say only that the raid is related to money. So far, they've been instructed not to talk to media.

Dexter Jones with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) says they are assisting the IRS. The FBI is also involved in the investigation.

KVUE has made requests to the TABC to find out if the company has been in violation, so far we are still waiting for answers to that and several questions surrounding why the raid is taking place.

A spokesperson with the U.S. Attorney’s Office told KVUE Tuesday evening that he couldn’t provide an exact timetable as to when any information would be released.

Around 8:30 p.m., agents loaded boxes of evidence onto a waiting U-Haul truck.

An employee told KVUE that agents walked into the building around 11 a.m. They asked him several questions before telling him, "You're not working today."

KVUE crews saw Twin Liquors trucks coming in and out of a warehouse all afternoon. Twin Liquors stores are open and operational for now, but store managers say they have no idea what's happening at the corporate headquarters.

No one from Twin Liquors chose to comment to KVUE, however, an employee did say that he expected to be back working at the warehouse Wednesday.

Twin Liquors is an Austin-based business founded in 1937. Twin Liquors stores operate in several Texas cities including College Station, Waco, Kerville, San Antonio and several others.

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