Warrant sealed in raid of Basalt oli-&-gas firm
The Internal Revenue Service declined Wednesday to disclose why its criminal-investigations division teamed with the FBI and Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday to raid the Basalt office of an oil-and-gas firm.
An affidavit in support of a search warrant will be sealed “indefinitely,” according to a clerk at the U.S. District Court of Denver. A federal judge approved a search warrant earlier this week.
IRS Special Agent and public information officer Karen Gurgel said the search warrant would remain sealed for 60 days after court documents are filed in relation to the case. She said approximately 10 agents with the three federal agencies searched the office of Crystal River Oil and Gas from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The company buys existing oil and gas fields, drills infill wells and sells the fields, according to the firm’s website. It also has an office in Cardiff, Calif. The business and its founder, Reiner Klawiter, own the building that houses its office at 110 Midland Ave.
At least one worker was at Crystal River Oil and Gas in Basalt on Wednesday.
“They were free to enter the premises after we left,” Gurgel said.
She declined to answer whether agents found what they were seeking. She said no arrests were made.
Klawiter told The Aspen Times via a receptionist at the California office that he had no comment on the federal agents’ raid of the Basalt office.
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