UPDATE: IRS Raid At Stimmelators

According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Chad Larsh, agents from the Internal Revenue Service are at Stimmelator’s Gentlemen’s Club in North Webster today serving warrants.

Larsh confirms that agents are also at the home of the club’s owner, Sam Stimmel on Syracuse-Webster Road, but ISP officers are on scene only as a uniformed presence.

Kerry Hannigan is the public information officer for the IRS and also confirms to StaceyPageOnline.com that agents from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division are  at the business and at Stimmel’s private residence “on official business,” but declined to say anything further.

Federal agents video items inside a commercial building at 108 S. Washington St., North Webster, during a raid on Stimmelators Gentlemen’s Club. Several properties owned by Sam Stimmel, including his residence on Syracuse-Webster Road, are all being searched by the criminal investigation division of the IRS. (Photo by Stacey Page)

Agents from a number of Indiana counties, and even from Michigan and Illinois, are in North Webster processing both locations. Donning latex gloves, most agents are also carrying handguns. They are expected to confiscate items from the business and the private residence throughout the day, but officials are not saying what those items may consist of.

Agents on scene provided StaceyPageOnline.com with the name of Assistant U.S. Attorney Jesse Barrett who works for the federal courts in South Bend. Barrett referred our questions to Mary Hatton of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Hammond. Hatton has not yet responded to our inquries.

Robert Ramsey, public information officer for the FBI Fort Wayne district, said no FBI agents were involved in today’s raid.

According to agents on scene, employees of the business are being told that, when the agents clear the scene, the business will be allowed to re-open. Normal business hours begin at 3:30 p.m.

StaceyPageOnline.com will continue to follow this story as new developments occur.

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