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May 30, 2013

UPDATE: Minuteman Environmental responds to raid

UPDATE: The owners of Minuteman Environmental released a statement this afternoon, one day after investigators raided their Milton area headquarters.

The text of the statement is as follows:

For the past eighteen months the Office of the Attorney General has been speaking to former, disgruntled employees of Minuteman Environmental Services, Inc. When we became aware of this activity, we immediately offered, through our attorney, to provide the OAG with any information they wanted. When this offer was not immediately accepted, it was repeated. Both offers were ignored.

Since there has been no wrongdoing, it is not surprising that the OAG’s investigation has disclosed no credible evidence of improper conduct.

Yesterday the OAG conducted simultaneous searches of the home of Brian Bolus, Minuteman’s corporate Headquarters and our branch office in Middletown, PA. The searches were massive; they involved dozens of agents, some in military fatigues, and most carrying weapons.

Karen Bolus, wife of Brian Bolus was handcuffed and placed on the floor next to their eight year old child. At our offices, Minuteman employees were handcuffed ordered out of the building, and forced to sit on the lawn in the heat for at least an hour. A great deal of damage was done to our offices.

However baseless the investigation, however crude the tactics, our company continues to operate as we always have - honestly. We continue to serve our customers and care for our employees. We are deeply grateful for the many expressions of support which we have received from those with whom we do business.

MILTON — Investigators from various agencies swarmed Minuteman Environmental Services’ offices in the Milton Industrial Park Wednesday morning, carting out boxes of evidence, but saying very little about why they were there.

Officers wearing shirts with logos from the state Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Environmental Protection, Internal Revenue Service and the FBI secured Minuteman offices shortly after 8 a.m. Throughout the day, investigators were checking identification and patting down people attempting to gain access to the company’s offices.

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