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January 29, 2013

Feds quiet on house raid in Rockport

ROCKPORT — Internal Revenue Service and Drug Enforcement Administration agents carried out a search of a Warren Court residence on Saturday that lasted several hours, neighbors confirmed Monday.

But federal and local officials were quiet as to what the agents were seeking or may have seized in the raid.

According to town assessors’ records, the house on 1 Warren Court house is owned by Daniel H. George Jr.

Matthew Pierce, a neighbor who was home at the time of the raid, said law enforcement agents first showed up around 8 a.m., and where there several hours.

”Within an hour, they were everywhere,” he said.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Christina Sterling said she could only confirm Monday the address of 1 Warren Ct. and said an investigation is ongoing. She confirmed that no one was arrested.

Court documents obtained by the Times on Monday reveal that George was convicted on four counts of tax evasion in the past. George, also known as Dan West, was first charged with four counts of tax evasion and four counts of using a false social security number in 2003, where he was indicted by a Grand Jury.

According to court documents, George is a self described chemist who operated a business manufacturing, selling and analyzing ingredients used in nutritional supplements. George is listed as the sole director of a company called Biogenesis, and transferred millions of dollars into Biogenesis accounts around the time of his indictment in 2003.

Calls by the Times to a number listed for a “Dan West” at 1 Warren Court were not answered and not returned Monday. No phone number or website could be found for Biogenesis on Monday.

Records show that, from 1996 to 1999, George deposited more than $460,000 in business receipts into different bank accounts and more than $470,000 in interest from those accounts, according to his 2003 indictment. Additionally, George instructed his customers checks were made payable to Dan West, his alias.

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