Yesterday was not a good day at the headquarters of Q Link Wireless. Everyone with a badge in South Florida raided the Lifeline free government cell phone company’s headquarters.
Federal agents swarmed a Dania Beach building Wednesday as part of a multiagency investigation into a telecommunications company.
Agents from the United States Postal Inspection Police, the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service and the Broward Sheriff’s Office have been filtering in and out of the Regions Bank building at 499 Sheridan Street, but authorities say the investigation has nothing to do with the bank, rather a company called Q Link Wireless that operates inside.
Readers here at FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net have known for months that something odd was going on at the free government cellphone service provider. We’ve been swamped with complaints about terrible customer service, countless technical problems, bad phones, etc. We’ve been telling our readers that it couldn’t be good.
Looks like we were prophetic.
Investigators could be seen removing boxes full of evidence and putting them into the back of a U.S. Postal Service truck.
What exactly they are looking for has not yet been disclosed, but Local 10 news is told the investigation has been going on for two years and involves suspected fraud.
“The Department of Justice has kept a closer eye on the operations of the corporation and they are still analyzing books,” U.S. Postal Inspector Ivan Ramirez said. “It’s an investigation looking into the operations and the likelihood that there might be something that is questionable.”
He added: “When we are looking at consumer protection, when we are looking at the benefits consumers may or may not be receiving, things are looked at much closer and with a fine-toothed comb to make sure folks are receiving what they are paying for or what they are actually entitled to.”
No has yet been arrested. But in our experience a raid in which truckloads of records are hauled away is usually followed by arrests and laundry lists of charges.
We’ll just have to wait and see what the U.S. Attorneys come up with in the days and weeks to come.