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Legendary rockers -- a company that makes them is now under investigation -- -- guitar raided by federal agents over whether the company.
He is illegally -- what -- those guitars but according to the Seattle the government says He wouldn't be in this fixing just his foreign workers instead -- together.
Henry just -- it's joining us right now no we did call the Department of Justice no comment from the Department of Justice.
Henry what happened there.
Well last Wednesday we had a raid.
Was armed agents came into our factories.
Three different factories.
In our corporate headquarters they evacuated all the people in the factories.
They were standing out in the driveway and street in the parking lots respectively.
-- -- started to seize.
A great deal of raw material.
For our Qatar manufacturing for a processed as well as papers and hard drives and such.
And they closed our plants down for the almost did targeted well what.
Is there argument that you -- would you were using these in their views but I understand that the would you use there was no problem what the governments of the countries from what you got.
That's right initially when they raided -- they didn't tell us why they were -- -- and it was only two days later.
When they revealed the affidavit.
Which which today and what amounted to have be a cause.
Regarding the woods.
And and it really regards the definition.
Of an import item.
We've been importing this would for seventeen years consistently.
On a regular basis with no problem in our competitors continued -- used in by this would.
That's it isn't so.
Your competitors is the same -- -- in question here.
Yes and -- -- offices were not rated.
Correct your offices were -- That's right and you've been threatened -- today here is if you keep selling this stuff.
You're you can go to the -- That's right -- as well which is really kind of a nightmare.
Yup so -- would mean it's as a unit and I think you're saying and the soup can and will be used against no but it's what's weird kind of looking at this.
Out of the book that pick on you there's no problem with the governments.
That from whose country you're getting this would have happened many many years.
Then they just get involved and I'm I'm trying to -- this up and I don't.
I don't understand what prompted this was it either competitors call.
Was it just an out of the blue which aren't life.
You know we have no idea they're not talking to us.
You know and they originally rated since 2009.
There was you know an affidavit -- well they did not tell us what's that what they do when they rated what do they do when they raided.
And you know generally harassed our employees and -- -- today return any of the products that's.
No and in fact we have a lawsuit in Nashville federal court.
For the return of the product that was seized in the original 2009.
Would not be a kick it some justice folks who took the product like struggling in a room right now but that's neither candidate I.
What -- you so what's amazing that.
Out of the blue they come after you and I'm trying to see why -- would connect.
When their nets bigger -- -- you're a commendable confidently you have a lot of to devoted die -- fans and musicians.
But you're not -- big big cheese it's no offense to -- So home wondering.
Want something's not adding up why.
Did anyone that you view or your staff receiving critical why that's critical -- just aren't critical.
You know we've been pretty low key word guitar company we've been manufacturing guitars.
We've been involved in the environmental movement so we've been trying to do the right thing in terms of sourcing.
We we really don't know why -- particularly.
-- of -- affidavit says that.
-- -- a lot of these shipments were were falsely -- I don't know what that means what what what would be figuring mean.
You know the only thing I know of it.
It is in regards to one shipment that was -- that has nothing that oracle is not part of the raids.
But there was us shipments seized.
At our broker about.
A month ago.
And somebody has filled in the wrong.
Import category and that paperwork.
In other words.
It was -- there's no question of what the product was where it was from.
But somebody had had put the wrong number on reform.
In DC you -- you don't see is stuff.
Well the government did but believe me and and -- -- -- -- selling this stuff as usual and moving on what we're we're trying to move on but you know they took well over a month's worth of raw material lot of our factories and so it's going to be.
Hard going for us to recover from that.
-- we'll watch it closely and adjustments but it is amazing and again we did placed calls and interview requests to anyone at the desperate and they decline.
We're gonna send historic insists it's -- it's a fairly small LB significant company and it's a little universe here.
Out of the blue picked on everything -- lot of jobs in jeopardy.
When we come back every.
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