Tarp-covered carts wheeled out of Buffalo City Hall as FBI spearheads corruption probe


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Investigators left Buffalo City Hall with three carts of materials after conducting court-authorized activity which began there Wednesday morning.

News 4 has learned it is a public corruption probe. The FBI, which is leading that probe, says that no arrests have been made.

Investigators with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) were also in the building.

The focus appeared to be on two offices. The agents spent most of their time in an Office of Strategic Planning office on the 3rd floor. A city spokesperson also acknowledged the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency was involved in the court-authorized activity. HUD provides BURA funding for projects.

Common Council President Darius Pridgen serves as a board member for BURA. He stressed that he does not know the target of this investigation, and noted that the agency may have had issues in the past with reporting, but he says the present day is a different story.

Pridgen told News 4 that he’s been informed they’re looking for records; what kind of records, however, he doesn’t know.

A spokesperson for Mayor Byron Brown did acknowledge the law enforcement activity at the BURA office, but said the mayor has no more information.

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