Federal police reportedly seized Rep. Keith Farnham’s Stratton Building office computers yesterday and reportedly seized computers from his home and his district office as well, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorneys office in Chicago said.
Spokesman Randall Samborn said a search warrant was executed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations officials as part of an “ongoing investigation.”
A spokesman for Secretary of State Jesse White said federal officials asked for help with Farnham’s Springfield office, but Samborn said no search warrant was being executed there.
Neither Farnham, an Elgin democrat, nor a spokesman for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan immediately returned messages seeking comment, but sources in the capitol are saying officials with Homeland Security were posted outside Farnham’s capitol office. They were reportedly waiting for paperwork allowing them to seize his state computer.
Homeland Security’s website describes its activities as investigating immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues. ICE special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.
Farnham did not respond to multiple phone calls and texts yesterday and today, but according to a top source the investigation reportedly centers around allegedly illegal images on his computer. So far, however, no arrest has been reported. Rep. Farnham was first elected in 2008.