Feds raid Caterpillar offices in central Illinois

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Federal law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at three Caterpillar facilities in central Illinois on Thursday, officials said.  Caterpillar spokeswoman Corrie Heck Scott said in an email Thursday that the company is cooperating with law enforcement but didn't comment further.

Sharon Paul, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Springfield, said "federal law enforcement activity" was being conducted at three Caterpillar locations including the corporate headquarters in Peoria and facilities in East Peoria and Morton.

Paul said the Internal Revenue Service's criminal investigation unit, the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Export Enforcement and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s office of inspector general are involved in the raids. She declined to comment further.

A video on the Peoria Journal Star's website shows federal agents - some wearing jackets that read IRS Special Agent and Police - wheeling large boxes into a Caterpillar building.

Caterpillar is a farming construction equipment manufacturer and is one of the biggest companies of its kind on the world.