Update, albeit a vague one, on the story of federal Homeland Security Investigations agents visiting a property connected to the the Duggar family:
A followup correction from KNWA indicates that agents visited Wholesale Motorcars, a used-car dealership run by Josh Duggar, the oldest son in the family, rather than the Jim Bob Duggar home in Tontitown, as the station originally reported.
Agents went to a business at the 14000-block of Wildcat Creek Road, Springdale, Arkansas. “I do not dispute the information you’ve obtained. That is the location that we were. I can’t speak to the status of any ongoing investigation. But, I do not dispute that we were present at that specific address,” said HSI Spokesperson Bryan Cox.
The spokesperson could also confirm, “…ongoing federal criminal investigation, however, given that there are no charges filed, HSI doesn’t discuss the nature of any type of investigation until, if or when, charges are filed. I can’t discuss the reason for our being there.”
KNWA asked HSI if Josh Duggar is part of the investigation.
“I can’t speak to any individual that may be under investigation. So I can confirm that we were at that address. And spoke to individuals at that location. But I can’t discuss any individuals by name.”
Authorities declined to provide any further details.
Here’s the statement from the Duggars reacting to the reports:
Yesterday, we were shocked to read that some news outlets falsely reported that our home was raided by federal agents. We are glad to see that those false reports are now being retracted. As to any investigation being conducted, to our knowledge, no member of our family is a target of any investigation of any kind by any local, state, or federal agency. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support received from our friends and fans.
What might HSI be looking in to? Here is the agency’s purview:
The HSI investigates human rights violations, immigration crime, human smuggling, export enforcement issues, cybercrime, financial crimes, and the smuggling of weapons and other contraband.