IRS raids dental office in Grand Junction, area home
Internal Revenue Service agents on Wednesday raided a Grand Junction dentist’s office and a home associated with the practice, spending most of the day gathering evidence from both locations as part of a criminal investigation.
Fifteen Denver- and Grand Junction-based agents with the criminal investigation division of the IRS raided Colorado Community Dental, 2795 Skyline Court, and a home at an undisclosed location here in the Grand Valley, according to IRS Special Agent Bryan Thiel.
Thiel declined to discuss the nature of the investigation or what was taken from the business or home or identify the owner of the home, noting documents affiliated with the investigation have been sealed.
He also declined to say how long the IRS had been looking into Community Dental, although he said it typically takes several months before the agency will raid a business or person’s home.
Thiel said the IRS’ criminal investigation division looks into cases of tax fraud, money laundering and other financial crimes.
Agents were seen loading several boxes of documents into vehicles outside the building.
Agents entered the dentist’s office around 8 a.m. and asked patients who were waiting for their appointments to leave. Patients who were in the midst of having their teeth cleaned or other work were allowed to have it finished, Thiel said. He said office employees called patients scheduled for appointments later in the day and canceled them.
Thiel said Community Dental would be turned back over to its owners after agents completed their work Wednesday.
A call to the dentist’s office late Wednesday afternoon was unanswered.
Records filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office show Colorado Community Dental was formed as a nonprofit group in 2010. It’s currently in good standing with the state.
The registered agent with Community Dental is Matthew Borg of Fruita, according to records. The Daily Sentinel was unable to find a listed phone number for Borg.