Defense Department criminal investigators raided the U.S. headquarters of Siemens Medical Solutions, Malvern, Pa., in connection with a government contract, weeks after the firm won a $267 million medical-imaging contract.
The only thing I can tell you is that agents from our office were executing a search warrant, said Ed Bradley, special agent in charge at the Defense Criminal Investigative Services Northeast field office in Lester, Pa.
Bradley declined to say how many agents were at the Siemens site, the nature of the investigation or whether other federal agencies were involved.
The DCIS is the criminal investigative arm of the Office of the Inspector General for the Defense Department. Bradley said the service has about 300 agents who have full federal police powers.
"The search was focused on one floor, on one building of Siemens' Malvern campus," company spokesman Lance Longwell said in a statement. "Siemens asked employees who work near the area subject to the search to leave for the remainder of the day and to return tomorrow for a regular workday."
Longwell said the company was cooperating with authorities and would continue to do so.
Patty Hartman, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, declined to comment.
Siemens is a major provider of imaging equipment and information technology and data storage services for the healthcare industry.