A Lake Worth check cashing store, 1% Check Cashing, was raided Friday morning by detectives operating under the Florida Department of Financial Services and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators spent more than six hours carrying out boxes, searching through cars and loading up all sorts of bags of evidence into their vehicles.
"They went in there fully armed like they were ready to go to war," recounted one witness.
With the help of Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, the state narcotics division and worker's compensation division spent most of Friday going in and out of the store that is tucked inside a shopping center near 400 S. Dixie Highway. Investigators said they were looking for items to back their fraud case involving business owner Emran Bazyan, 22, of Boca Raton.
Bazyan is currently facing a concealed weapons charge in Broward County.
What tipped investigators off in this case remains a mystery.
"I'm kind of in shock right now to see that something is happening here in the plaza," said Fabian Sosa, a nearby business owner.
Sosa said the owner of the check cashing store has always been nice and brings a lot of traffic to the shopping complex.
"Never noticed anything, no. Just gone there, cashed my check and that's about it. Never noticed anything happen. Nothing out of the usual," said Sosa.
Major Geoffrey Branch, who handles insurance fraud for the state, kept details tight on Friday. He said he is worried releasing details will compromise the operation.
The owner of the check cashing store did not want to speak to WPTV NewsChannel 5. His father spoke out saying they are fully cooperating with investigators and have nothing to hide.
No arrests were made in Lake Worth but investigators said that could change depending on the outcome of their investigation.
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