Company that Caused Federal Raid is Working for State

7 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, October 02 2010 Oct 2, 2010 Saturday, October 02, 2010 6:37:26 PM CDT October 02, 2010 in News

JEFFERSON CITY - The company that was the focus of a 2007 federal illegal worker raid is back in business with the state.

Agents raided the Truman Office Building in downtown Jefferson City late at night, taking about 25 Sam's Janitorial Service workers into custody. The company's owner, Kwabena Asamoah-Boadu, sued the state after it ended the cleaning contract, and he won, regaining the opportunity to work for the state.

Sam's is back cleaning seven office buildings, and KOMU 8 News learned another company with the same business address will start cleaning three other buildings Friday.

A court order required Missouri to stop banning Sam's from getting contracts, said Wanda Seeney, a spokeswoman for the state Office of Administration. The contracts are worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Another business, JC Cleaners, which Asamoah-Boadu's son Kofi owns, will start a separate contract with the state Friday. Kofi and Kwabena's businesses are registered to the same address, KOMU 8 News found through searching documents filed with the Secretary of State's office.

A KOMU reporter went to that address, but no one answered. We called Kofi Asamoah-Boadu, and he was less than happy we were on the other end.

KOFI ASAMOAH-BOADU: "I have my own company. My dad has his own company. OK? If you look at the record, all these buildings that we're bidding, we bid separate."

THEO KEITH, KOMU: "What assurances have you put in place to make sure you don't employ illegal workers?"

KOFI: "Do what?

THEO: "What assurances have you put in place to make sure---"

KOFI: "I'm done with you. Don't call me. Bye."

Kofi Asamoah-Boadu said his company is operating at a different address now, and that he has no affiliation with his father's business, which was the one that caused the federal sting. Kofi Asamoah-Boadu said the two are competitors because they both have cleaning contracts at state buildings.

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