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Cambria Co. home and business raided by federal agents
Woman claims investigators believe she's committing the same crime that landed her husband behind bars.
By: Jackalyn Kovac
PORTAGE, Pa. -- A Portage woman, who took over Gary's Steals and Deals after her husband was sentenced to federal prison in July 2012, says federal investigators raided her home Wednesday morning.
"I opened the door to two guns in my face, and then (they) proceeded to start screaming at me. And the next thing I know, my house is full of federal agents," said Tonia Vaughn.
The Internal Revenue Service came knocking at Vaughn's home early Wednesday morning, armed with a search warrant, taking computers and phones.
"They said that they feel that I'm running the business that my husband owns, Gary's Steals and Deals, in the same manner of which he did; that got him put in prison," Vaughn said.
Gary Vaughn is behind bars; convicted of selling stolen goods out of his storefront in Portage.
Agents swarmed that business Wednesday, loading boxes of evidence into SUVs.
"I felt I was doing everything right, keeping all the paperwork, cooperating with police every time they walked through the door. I didn't think anything I was doing was a problem," Vaughn said.
Vaughn says she would never buy items she knew were stolen, and that she took all the proper precautions.
"In the store, would there be things stolen? There could be. I don't know, because we buy from the general public," Vaughn said. "If they have story that doesn't sound legitimate, we send them out the door."