HOUSTON – An hours-long raid at a bail bond company in downtown Houston was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Houston Field Office has confirmed.
KPRC 2 received a tip about the ongoing raid at a business located at 1620 Austin Street. A search of the address listed the business as Aable Bail Bonds, which describes itself as a family-owned business known for its ‘trust, reliability, and confidentiality.’
The CEO of the business, according to the business’s website is Sheba Muharib.
Muharib has not been charged with a crime.
On Wednesday, KPRC 2 Investigates visited two other locations for the business, in Stafford and in southwest Houston. The offices were closed and locked.
“Just a couple of weeks ago, they were moving stuff out like cabinets and stuff,” a neighbor, who asked not to be identified by name, said.
Muharib appeared before the Harris County Bail Bond Board meeting in April of this year. Although she was questioned about her business practices, her license was renewed, with a sign-off on that licensure coming from the Sheriff himself.
It was unclear Wednesday what kind of material the FBI was seeking at the Austin Street location Aable Bail Bonds.
An FBI public affairs officer sent KPRC 2 the following statement:
“The FBI confirms that we are presently leading a legitimate multi-agency law enforcement operation with fellow members of Texas Anti-Gang Task Force at the 1600 block of Austin St. in Houston. Given the ongoing nature of the matter, we are not permitted to comment further.”
They later posted the same announcement on their official Twitter page.