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March 1, 2013

Federal agents search Methuen law office

METHUEN — Federal agents with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development searched the downtown law office of Jasmin Polanco yesterday morning, but HUD officials released no further information.

Methuen police Capt. Kris McCarthy said his department received a call early yesterday from HUD informing them a search warrant would be executed at Polanco Law Office, 7 Hampshire St.

Agents were spotted reviewing paperwork inside the first-floor office around 11:30 a.m. Two agents also carried what appeared to be computer equipment out of the office and into the trunk of an unmarked sport utility vehicle.

Polanco specializes in real estate and immigration law, according to her business website. Attempts to reach Polanco were unsuccessful.

Polanco was admitted to the bar in 2007 and has no record of public discipline, according to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers website. She opened her law office in 2009. Prior to opening her own firm, Polanco worked as a paralegal for three years at Dalton & Finegold LLP, an Andover law firm co-founded by state Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover.

Polanco also worked from 2001 to 2003 as a legal assistant at the Washington D.C., firm Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP.

HUD Boston Regional Office Spokeswoman Rhonda Siciliano said no information on the search was available yesterday. Marta Netelko, spokeswoman for HUD’s inspector general’s office, also would not answer questions about the search.

“We wouldn’t have anything to share,” said Netelko early yesterday afternoon. “I couldn’t even confirm or deny that these are our agents.”

A spokeswoman for the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz did not return a phone call seeking comment yesterday.

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