The local Fayetteville outlet reported the news around the same time that Homeland Security Investigations said they did not dispute their agents visited the Duggars’ home in Tontitown, Arkansas, last week, according to local NBC-affiliated television station KNWA-TV. As of now, the reason for the visit has not been disclosed.
Investigators can’t go into detail when it comes to federal investigations unless federal charges are filed, KSFM reported. It is not clear what business may have allegedly been involved or when the incident occurred.
After the news broke, the Duggar family released a statement via their official Instagram page. “We were shocked to see a news report today state that our home was visited by federal law enforcement agencies,” it began. “This is not true.”
“To the best of our knowledge, it’s also not true that any member of our family is the target of any investigation of any kind. Living a life in the public’s eye has taught us that it is best not to reply to every rumor and piece of ‘fake news’ that is circulated online. It would be a full-time job if we attempted to do so.”
“However, because of tonight’s media coverage we thought it is important to address this rumor with you. Thank you for the love and support that we can always count on in you our fans and friends,” the statement concluded.
As for the visit to the Duggar family home, a spokesperson previously told KNWA-TV, “[I do not dispute the information that] HSI was present there [Duggar home] pursuant to an on-going federal criminal investigation.”
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s youngest son, Jedidiah — who is running for State Representative in the area — spoke out about the report regarding a raid on his family’s property. “I don’t live there and I am not aware of any investigation,” he told KNWA.
The couple’s oldest daughter, Jana Duggar, was also spotted on camera by KNWA and she denied knowing anything about a raid or the investigation.
Homeland Security has “broad legal authority to enforce a diverse array of federal statutes,” according to its website. HSI investigates cross-border criminal activity, such as: financial crimes, money laundering and bulk cash smuggling, commercial fraud and intellectual property theft, cyber crimes, human rights violations, human smuggling and trafficking, immigration, document and benefit fraud, narcotics and weapons smuggling/trafficking, transnational gang activity, export enforcement and even international art and antiquity theft.
Reports of raids on the Duggar home and Josh’s business came just one day after the FBI denied any involvement in an investigation surrounding the former executive director of FRC Action. An agent speaking on behalf of the organization confirmed they were not looking into the former 19 Kids and Counting star’s home after days of rumors to the contrary, according to Radar Online.
“We were not involved in any kind of law enforcement action [at the Duggar’s home],” the agent told Radar. “I can confirm we were not there.”
In Touch has reached out to the Duggars and Homeland Security for comment.
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