July 16, 2009

Defense contractor baffled by raid

Conax Florida Corp., a defense contractor in Tampa, Fla., said it is baffled by a raid by six federal agencies that closed down its offices.

At this point we're just trying to determine what they're after, and we just don't know, General Manager Chester Claudon said.

Federal agents with search warrants swarmed through the company's offices Wednesday, the Tampa, Fla., Tribune reported.

Brooke Harris with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service said the raid involved members the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Representatives of the office of inspector general with the Air Force, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Defense also took part in the raid.

Gary Comerford, a spokesman for the Inspector General's office of the Department of Defense would only say: They are executing search warrants. Other than that, there's not a whole lot I can tell you, he said.

The company makes life support equipment for the Defense Logistics Agency and has a $7.5 million contract to build seat belts for Humvees, the newspaper said.