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FBI raids Raleigh law office

Posted April 18, 2012 12:30 p.m. EDT
Updated April 30, 2012 10:10 a.m. EDT

— A dozen federal agents combed through files Wednesday at a Raleigh law office that specializes in real estate closings.

The FBI was at Rose Law Firm, at 1701 Jones Franklin Road, for several hours, but agents declined to comment other than to say they were in the middle of an investigation.

They left Wednesday afternoon after loading several boxes of files and a laptop computer into a black minivan.

Real estate agents showed up at the law office for a closing Wednesday morning, but Raleigh police sent them away. A loan officer who also was denied access to the office said he has 10 closings scheduled at the firm in the next three days and hasn't been able to contact anyone there.

The North Carolina State Bar disciplined the law firm's owner, Philip Rose, last year after determining that he had falsified closing forms in the 2006 sale of a Cary home. The State Bar stayed a one-year suspension of his license, provided that he allow random audits of his files.

State Bar officials said they don't know the reason for the raid.