Federal agents stormed Broward’s telecommunications business

Beach Dishes, Florida. Die Welt: — Federal agents stormed the Dania Beach building on Wednesday as part of a multi-agency investigation into a telecom company.

Agents from the United States Postal Inspection Police, the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service and the Broward Sheriff office were in and out of the Regions Bank building located at 499 Sheridan Street, but authorities say the investigation had nothing to do with a bank, but with a company called Q Link Wireless that operates in Inside.

Q Link Wireless is a carrier that provides free wireless services to eligible Lifeline subscribers. Lifeline is the Federal Communications Commission’s program to make communications services more accessible to low-income consumers.

Investigators can be seen pulling boxes full of evidence into the back of a United States Postal Service truck.

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It wasn’t revealed exactly what they were looking for, but Local 10 News was told that the investigation has been going on for two years and involves suspected fraud.

Evan Ramirez, US Postal Inspector, said: “It’s a national service, so it’s not just a local problem in South Florida. When there are people who use or rely on a particular service, maybe something like this company or maybe a similar service, which relates to many services and benefits. That’s going to affect all of us more broadly, obviously, at the federal level. And as you can imagine, it’s the federal money that underpins and supports these programs. That’s why we’re here.”

No arrests have been made and Q Link Wireless representatives are cooperating with the authorities.

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Local 10 News has reached out to company owner Issa Asad for comment, but no response has yet been received. His lawyers are cooperating with the investigation, but they declined to comment.

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