Federal Agents at International Food Supplier in Southwest Cedar Rapids

By Jeff Raasch, Reporter

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By Ellen Kurt

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Federal and local authorities have responded to an international food supplier based in southwest Cedar Rapids Wednesday morning.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan confirmed authorities went to Midamar Corporation, 1105 60th Ave. SW, but declined to comment further, and would not say what prompted the response.

Agents wearing vests marked with "IRS-CI," which stands for Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and "USDA-OIG," which stands for U.S. Department of Agriculture - Office of the Inspector General, were seen at the business. One agent carried flattened cardboard boxes into the building.

Civil action was taken in federal court Tuesday involving a bank account for Midamar Corporation at Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust, according to online court records. No documentation was included that would explain additional details.

Multiple messages left for company officials Wednesday were not returned.

Midamar incorporated in Cedar Rapids in 1974 and now does business in all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries, according to the company's website. Segments of the company include export services and the distribution of meat that is allowed and processed according to Islamic customs.
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