Search warrants served but reason for action not revealed
By Will Collette
Acting on search warrants issued by the federal District Court in Providence, agents from the Providence field office of the FBI, supported by State Police officers and accompanied by agents of the IRS anti-corruption unit, entered and searched Charlestown Town Hall, the homes of prominent town leaders and the heretofore secret clubhouse of the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA).
TV film crews were also on hand to record the scene of agents hauling off computers and boxes presumably containing documents seized as potential evidence.
US Attorney Peter Neronha would not comment on the specific reasons for the raid other than to recite the general brief of his office to pursue crime and corruption wherever it might be found. He would not confirm or deny whether the raid was related to accusations that the ruling CCA Party was trading town resources and favors for campaign contributions, a practice commonly called “pay to play.”
Among the sites searched by the agents was the home of Town Council Boss Tom Gentz. Gentz was seen visibly upset after agents told him to get out of the house while they conducted their search. He was seen garbed in his full-length bunny pajamas as he watched agents carrying boxes of documents. Agents also confiscated Gentz’s three lovingly restored antique Porsches.