Feds execute search warrant at Hermes Vineyards

With search warrant in hand, a team of U.S. Department of Agriculture agents raided Hermes Vineyards Friday morning in Perkins Township.
Emil Whitis
Nov 3, 2012

 

Their possible target: paperwork.

Multiple area law enforcement officials said the agents made up a tactical team that assembled at a nearby parking lot early in the morning, then headed to the winery for a raid.

Perkins police said they don’t really have a clue what was going on.

Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar said agents had a search warrant to seize documents, but that’s all he knew.

Klamar redirected inquiries to Perkins police assistant Chief Robb Parthemore, who’d been in contact with agents earlier this week.

“They called us and said they wanted a marked unit,” Parthemore said. “I don’t know any more than that.”

Law enforcement officials, asking not to be named, said the raid stemmed from unpaid federal loans agents had come to collect on.

To keep reading this story, pick up a copy of Saturday's Register.

Comments

Super Judge

Is it true that......... with his......?

Swamp Fox

A "tactical team" for unpaid federal loans, sounds either like loan sharks or the heavy handed tactics of Obama's administration and their anti-small business bias. Did they use these tactics when Solyndra defaulted on a $400 million dollar loan?

rottnrog

Yep, everything in the world is Obamas fault !! You right wing wackos are something else !!

Floyd P

So you're defending criminal activity? Maybe YOU should run for office!

KnuckleDragger

Not paying back a USDA loan is a criminal offense? I think not. If in fact this is the reason they raided Hermes then it is the federal govt. who broke the law. People are not thrown in jail for failure to pay back a loan, even if it was federally backed, if that was the case every person who has ever had an FHA loan foreclosed would be sitting in jail. The only thing I can think is that this case was in the courts for some reason and Hermes failed to respond to a request for documents. If that is the case, then they would be in contempt and that would be a criminal action. However, the unpaid loan is a civil matter, not criminal. I fail to see the reason for the shakedown though. Send on cop and throw the owner in jail for contempt. That likely would have been enough to make him respond.

yogi bear

Ther may have been some fraud in obtaining the loan or a host of other reasons that would make it a criminal offense. Have to just wait and see.

matt882

I hear Obama was at the winery running the whole thing. Better vote for Mitt.

Floyd P

Sorry, Mitt would buy the dairy with a Key Corp loan, convince management, via bonuses, the dairy would thrive better in China and fire the local workers. He woud then make a mint from claiming the loan interest on his tax return.

KnuckleDragger

That's laughable considering it has already been proven that these so-called deals where Bain outsourced jobs was after Romney had left. I wonder how you would appreciate someone blaming you for things that went on where you worked when you hadn't worked there in years.

ski

Floyd, that may be the most ridiculous post I've seen in years. You must really be drinking the Obama Kool-aid by the gallon every day.

deertracker

Oh yeah, he was probably growing pot too and started that fire a while back and wasn't Obama driving the tractor that night? You republiCONS are really something!

eightballcuet1

Don't you think it would have been cheaper and easier just to foreclose thru the courts?

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JMOP

Way more to this story then a loan. I like that they used the word stemmed,which means it was leading to other illegal activity.

eightballcuet1

I read the story in todays paper and if there is more to the story, the feds aren't saying.

Phil Packer

I hope the illegals found good hiding places.

Darkhorse

I wish the Feds would do this to the many unpaid student loans that have been outstanding for years.

Centauri

The Department Of Education is in the early stages about doing this already. It won't be long until they break down the doors of those who haven't paid back their student loans. Just ask Kenneth Wright of Stockton, CA.

http://www.news10.net/news/artic...

http://www.news10.net/news/artic...

KnuckleDragger

If the current administration has their way, they will bring back debtors prisons for anyone who has trouble paying back a government backed loan.

titanfan84

A maybe they had migrate workers or pot growing in with there grapes to make it were the Feds had to be involved

Contango

A good vintner, but IMO a 'little' pricey for the product.

A couple of their varietals are hard to find locally.

The kleptocrats in DC want their money and they sent out Augi and Guido to collect.

Yet, the U.S. continues to give billions away to petty little dictators around the world.

Unassumer

then and than. know the difference. some people default on student loans because they are unable to pay them; as in they can't find a job. putting these people in jail won't get the money out of them. this sounds like much more than an unpaid loan. there has to be some sort of suspected criminal activity involved for a raid.

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JMOP

Thank you for the correction. I also forgot to put a space after my comma.

Contango

The question today is: Are they open for business or is there a notice on the door?

The answer to that will help to shed some light on the story.

http://www.hermesvineyards.com/

deertracker

Thirsty pooh?

Contango

Thanks for asking Sunshine.

Only after 3:00 PM.

Today, I'm fixing my homemade Ragu Siciliana and garlic bread served with a tossed salad and a Chianti.

Yum!

deertracker

Your welcome. Enjoy! Watch that waistline now!

SamAdams

It does sound like some serious overkill when a tactical team heads in for "unpaid loans." A warrant? Sure, but those are served by sheriffs and one like this would have been executed by accountants (with an officer or two standing by for purposes of legitimacy and to ensure cooperation).

I agree with those suggesting there's more to this story. At least there had BETTER be more to this story! To think that something like this could happen solely on accusations of an unpaid loan is terrifying. THINK about it, and see if you don't agree!

One final note: Is this Obama's fault? Yes, but not any more of the blame goes to him than to plenty of his predecessors. The system is broken, folks. REALLY broken! Could Obama have given all of that money to all of those companies that promptly went bankrupt if it weren't? Could Bush have initiated the first of the bail-outs if it weren't? Could we have been on the hook for QE1, QE2, and now QE3 without systemic problems? Nope.

Audit the Federal Reserve, and then eliminate it. Run the country more like a business and less like a bottomless money pit funded by taxpayers whose pockets AREN'T bottomless. Eliminate the nonsense, and overall debt will be far, FAR less of a problem. Included, obviously, is the notion that loans SHOULD be paid back, so I don't argue any enforcement against Hermes. I just think the initiation of the enforcement is over the top if that's the ONLY thing of which they've been accused.

Centauri

When I first read the headline, I thought it was a FBI raid until I saw the mention of US Department of Agriculture. Would the winery keep all of the documents at the place of business or would the owner or owners keep the documents at their homes?

Look for more raids from the USDA at federal and state levels raiding stores and residences looking for food stamp fraud, raiding farmers and others.

The FDA is already going after those who use natural foods and medicines. The FDA and the pharmaceutical companies don't want any competition or healthy people.

http://www.naturalnews.com/03328...

Welcome to the land of the free where the citizens must obey what the powers that be dictate is best for you and your family.

cam

knuckledragger are you kidding me. you right wingers crack me up. if it was a govt loan and nothing was done you would be saying obama isnt doing his job. lol whatever!!! if they got a fed loan and didnt do what the contract said then so be it. just because they came in and had a raid doesnt mean people went to jail. the paper work, files and documents where taken. big difference in what you are trying to make it sound like.

Contango

@ cam:

Guess it's just too bad that it wasn't a "free" federal grant for green technology.

deertracker

We all know "tactical teams" do not show up for unpaid loans so let's not even go there. The Hermeses are shady. First, the fire....please? Then the accident where all their "friends" sued them....please? Now a federal raid for? Just for the record I'd bet "the farm" Obama has NOTHING to do with any of this. Let's wait for the facts! I know some of you just LOVE the Hermes family but they are just humans like the rest of us. They got busted...that's all.

Randy_Marsh
Second Opinion

That video is starry. Talk about abuse of power.

Contango

@ deertracker:

The IRS has been hiring many more agents under Mr. Obama, don't be too sure.

The kleptocrats in DC need all the loot that they can carry away for re-distribution and vote buying.

deertracker

So exactly what does the IRS have to do with this? The redistribution you are referring to usually benefits people like you! Where did all that Wall St. money go?

Contango

@ deertracker:

Which Fed agency is it that conducted the raid?

Benefits? Nope, no govt. hand-outs or entitlement payments here.

Remember: 10 of the 15 richest counties in the country surround DC - where the "real" one percenters (politicians, bureaucrats and lobbyists) live.

They appreciate you sendin' 'em money. :)

Second Opinion

Obamacare is hiring 14,000 more IRS agents to enforce collections.

Reva

I wanna know how Dianna's Deli keeps getting away with all the illegals and under the table payrolls going on that they do?

deertracker

My question exactly. Same question for The Depot. Some official somewhere is getting PAID!

looking around

Deertracker The Hermeses name is used because they owned the property, this business is owned and operated by out of state owners. It has nothing to do with their family.

swiss cheese kat

Dr. David Kraus MD. is the owner and was born and raised in Sandusky.

fedup67584893

But now is currently running his doctor's office in New York City... therefore he is an out of state owner.

deertracker

OK! so the Hermes Vineyard sign means????

fedup67584893

His mother's maiden name was Hermes and the land is/was owned by the Hermeses. His Parents and the Hermeses don't have anything to do with all of this.

deertracker

"is/was?" Either it is or it no longer is. Which?

fedup67584893

Why don't you look it up?? you all seem to have endless time to be sitting and doing nothing on the internet all day commenting on an article that honestly shouldn't be made this big of a deal. i will admit i'm not 100% whether they still own the land or not. i THINK they do... but

totallyamazed

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Exactly, before you drag the Hermes name through the mud....know all the facts.
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deertracker

They have done that all by themselves. Thank you very much and if you do something illegal on my property, am I complicit or just the rent collector. If a landlord allows/or may not even know a tenant to sell drugs out of his rented out home, what happens???????

Centauri

Deertracker, The landlord could be subject to having properties confiscated. In states that allow medical cannabis, the Federal government will use any method they can, even twist laws around to their benefit. Obama made a promise in 2008 to the medical cannabis patients that he would not violate state rights or go after the patients and dispensaries. Obama broke that promise once he got the votes from the medical cannabis patients.

The Federal government will use obscure tax laws, threaten landlords, news publications and newspapers that printed ads, threaten to prosecute state employees who upheld and complied with state laws and use other tactics.

http://www.capwiz.com/norml2/iss...

These Federal raids will be escalating against those who refuse to obey. Laws will be twisted around to where civil cases will become criminal cases. Shame on those citizens who refuse to speak up as the Federal government continues to strip away the rights of states and citizens. More shame on those who attack those who try to inform and warn the citizens.

deertracker

Turn the channel for once would ya? Watch some football today!

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DEEPsix

RALPH KRAUSE, WHO's SON AND DAUGHTER IN LAW, RUN THIS WINERY. RALPH HAS BEEN UP TO ILLEGAL ANTICS FOR YEARS, SO IM SURE, THE FEDS ARE NOW READY TO SWEEP THEM UP....

Centauri

Illegal antics? That is news to me. Ralph is a Republican. If Ralph were a Democrat, would the winery have been raided? The Federal government does use intimidation to silence those who question their government.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X...

fedup67584893

There is no "Daughter-in-law" and never has been [please know facts before you comment on articles you know nothing about;) ]

fedup67584893

There is no "Daughter-in-law" and never has been [please know facts before you comment on articles you know nothing about;) ]

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DEEPsix

RALPH KRAUS.. MISSPELLED.

my oh my

This is long overdue with the history of the shady business practices by the Hermes family of the years.Local agencies and departments have turned a blind eye to this over the years.It's good to see the FEDS get involved and take care of things properly and effectively.They won't let anymore be covered up or not investigated properly ie.(Arson (Barn Fire) that was not investigated properly and was ruled an accident) so to not cause any friction and/or lose a business in the township.

Randy_Marsh
Centauri

Thank you for posting that link. The people haven't seen nothing yet of the Federal government's abuse of power. Obama and Holder are just getting started with the raids. Four more years. Next the feds will be taking over your bank accounts because they can. The Federal government is now in a position to do anything that they want because they can. Who will stop them?

Swamp Fox

My point it took a "tactical team", wouldn't a few agents and accountants he able to handle the situation? Will a "tactical team" be assigned to collect the loan from Solyndra?

fedup67584893

All the article said was it was a USDA loan. whether there is more to the story or not, they are never going to tell you...so why bother worry about wheather it's obamas fault of ralph kraus's fault? at least not for a while. as for the winery they have great products and friendly employees... whether the owner got himself in trouble or not shouldn't punish the business or the customers. they just came in to get paperwork. not to arrest anyone or anything? they are still open and operating like normal which i am glad to see:)

didhejustsaythat76

does this mean the price of merlot is gonna go up again ?