HOUSTON (FOX 26) - FBI agents have raided a building which houses an engineering firm in the Upper Kirby district of Houston. They collected evidence at the building on West Alabama Street near Eastside Street starting on Wednesday morning.
Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation is the subject of an ongoing law enforcement investigation, FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap has confirmed to FOX 26 News. When agents arrived to the building, people inside were told to leave immediately but not take anything with them.
FBI agents were at Dannenbaum Engineering for hours. The FBI confirms agents were there at the building. We saw federal agents collecting evidence at the high profile firm as part of an on-going investigation. Just how high profile is this company? Well, you know the Sam Houston Tollway, the Hardy Toll Road and the METRO Light Rail? Those are just a small few of the projects Dannenbaum has worked on.
FBI agents hauled out boxes into a waiting van at the River Oaks area company. The FBI confirms the Houston location wasn’t the only place where agents were present. The FBI also raided Dannenbaum in Laredo, San Antonio and McAllen and searched several city and county government buildings in Laredo including Laredo City Hall and the office of a Webb County Commissioner.
Jim Dannenbaum took over for his father as president of the company way back in 1975. He is said to have contributed to the campaigns of a number of city, county and state politicians including Governor Rick Perry who appointed Jim Dannenbaum to a 6-year term on the University of Texas Board of Regents in 2007. According to Dannenbaum’s website he is also on a board at MD Anderson, UT Houston Medical School and a number of others.
Dannenbaum has had controversy in the past including an FBI corruption probe in El Paso County several years ago according to the Laredo Morning Times.
Joel M. Androphy, of Berg & Androphy, counsel for Dannenbaum Engineering released this statement:
Dannenbaum Engineering, one of the state’s premier firms for infrastructure planning and design, is cooperating with federal authorities regarding government requests for information. Company management is investigating the basis of the government requests. We are uncertain whether the inquiry is focused on the company’s activities or those of its business competitors. We intend to comment further when appropriate.