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Feds probe Monongahela pharmacy

| Thursday, June 16, 2011

Federal agents spent several hours at a Monongahela pharmacy this week, but no one is discussing specifically why they were there.

Agents from the Internal Revenue Service, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrived at Dierken's Pharmacy, 100 E. Main St., Monongahela, shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Agents informed city police when they arrived but provided few other details.

The pharmacy was shut down until around 3:30 p.m. Agents talked with employees, asking questions about the business' operations.

IRS spokeswoman Jennifer Jenkins said the agency cannot discuss any particulars about a taxpayer or business because to do so would constitute a violation of the Federal Disclosure Act.

She referred further questions to Andy Hromoko, spokesman for the IRS' criminal division.

Hromoko acknowledged that IRS agents were at Dierken's Tuesday.

"We can't provide any details on what the agents were doing there other than to say they were there on official business," Hromoko said.

Owner Bryan Polomoscanik declined to talk to The Valley Independent Wednesday outside the pharmacy.

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