Internal Revenue Service agents stormed the Fredericksburg, Va., home of former State Department contractor Kathleen McGrade on Thursday, The Daily Caller has learned.
It was the second raid of the scandal-embroiled former State Department worker’s home in the past few weeks. On Sept. 15 officials from the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General also raided the Fredericksburg home.
With the help of local sheriff’s deputies, IRS agents entered the house at about 2:45 p.m, neighbors tell TheDC. “The alarm is blaring,” one neighbor told TheDC, adding that the authorities “have a large truck in the street with large-sized men apparently getting ready to haul off seized property.”
The federal agents were wearing vests reading “FEDERAL POLICE” and “IRS-CIG.”
At 4:00 p.m., neighbors told TheDC that between six and ten IRS agents were still at the home, and a “car hauler just pulled up” to tow away a car from the garage. The car is a burgundy Lexus LS460.
Sources told TheDC that the agents have moving trucks and are seizing everything inside the home, including vehicles.
One neighbor said truck drivers were told to pack up everything in the house and take it to New York.
McGrade was a contractor working for the State Department’s office of Overseas Building Operations. She handled disbursement of millions of dollars in taxpayer money, and facilitated the award of more than $52 million in contracts to her husband Brian Collinsworth’s company, the Sterling Royale Group.
Collinsworth previously denied during a phone call with TheDC that he was married to McGrade. Jennifer Herring, McGrade’s daughter, was a principal with Sterling Royale as well.
State Department officials fired McGrade within hours of when The Daily Caller first published its exclusive July investigation about the contracting abuse.