No, it wasn't a federal raid 2011.09.21

Written by David Green.

Things aren’t always what they appear. Employees of Phil Rubley’s accounting office in Morenci got a taste of that last week.

The problem started Wednesday when a van carrying the Michigan State Police Fugitive Team were in town looking for someone related to a methamphetamine incident. The team reportedly searched a Main Street apartment, then drove into the parking lot across from city hall to seek information from the police department.

While a member of the team spoke with Chief Larry Weeks, others milled around in the parking lot—behind Phil Rubley’s business.

The following day more people in uniforms were spotted at Rubley’s removing boxes and boxes of documents. The action drew the attention of many passersby and soon the rumor spread through town: Rubley’s office was raided by agents and documents were being stored in several Dumpster-like containers with padlocks.

Now for the real story.

Every year the accounting firm disposes of old records—securely deposes of records, hence the locked containers containing private information.

The Certified Document Destruction company of Wauseon handled the chore and the load was heavier than usual since disposal wasn’t done the previous year.

In a typical year, the company parks in back of the business and few people notice. This year, with the parking lot project, they parked on Main Street. To avoid double parking, traffic cones were placed to reserve a parking spot.

It all looked rather suspicious, but that’s life in a small town.

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