Federal agents have expanded their examination of the now-bankrupt California solar power company Solyndra, visiting the homes of the company’s CEO and two of its executives, examining computer files and documents, iWatch News and ABC News have learned.
Agents visited the homes of CEO Brian Harrison and company founder Chris Gronet and a former executive, according to a source who agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity because of the legal sensitivity of the situation.
Gronet, reached at his home Friday morning, did not dispute that his home was visited by federal agents a day earlier.
“I’m sorry,” Gronet said, “you probably understand full well that I cannot comment.” The third executive could not be immediately reached.
Solyndra spokesman David Miller confirmed agents visited Harrison’s home on the same day the FBI and Energy Department Inspector General seized boxes of records from the company’s headquarters.
“Yeah, they did go to his house and speak to him briefly,” Miller said. “I don’t know what they may have taken. I believe they took a look at his computer.”
Julie Sohn, a spokeswoman with the FBI in San Francisco, declined to discuss details of the government’s investigation. “Unfortunately, our affidavits are still sealed so we can’t go into any details,” Sohn said.
I don’t know what the G-men were looking for, but it would be irresponsible not to speculate.
They had warrants, which means they convinced a federal judge that they had probable cause to believe a crime was committed. That’s a little bit more than just a fishing expedition.
In a case this high profile and politically connected, you can bet they crossed all the t’s and dotted all the i’s. So what evidence did they have already and what more were they looking to find?
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.