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FBI raids Wilton company run by well-known philanthropists

June 25, 2019 06:30 PM

WILTON - Roughly 30 federal agents armed with a search warrant swarmed a Wilton business Tuesday morning.

Turbine Services Ltd. sells and ships turbine parts to customers all over the world, including to places where there are known enemies of the United States government.

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More than two-dozen federal agents executed a search warrant at a business owned by well-known philanthropists and brothers Ron and Vince Riggi. The FBI was there, Homeland Security investigators were here, and the law enforcement arm of the Department of Commerce was there. Known as the "bureau of industry and security export enforcement," they are the people responsible for making sure United States businesses don't sell their products inadvertently or otherwise, to terrorists and other people and entities looking to do harm to the United States.

They were searching all day on Tuesday, even changing shifts at one point, but they're not saying what they're searching for.

This company has been around for 40 years and according to its website, it has 800-plus power customers around the globe, including Saudi Electric Company and Dubai Petroleum to name just a couple.

The Riggis are well known in Saratoga Springs social and philanthropic circles, donating money to charities around the region. Ron Riggi and his wife, Michelle, are also known for their North Broadway mansion they share with approximately three-dozen dogs.

It didn't appear there was any law enforcement activity there on Tuesday. All of it focused on the Riggi-owned Turbine Services, LTD.

The Riggi brothers were there for most of the day and could be seen talking with investigators.

NewsChannel 13 continues to follow this story. We will bring you updates as we get them on WNYT.com, and our later newscasts.

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Mark Mulholland

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