Folcroft defense contractor raided by federal authorities
Cindy Scharr – (Delaware County Daily Times) – Folcroft – May 30, 2013 – Authorities remain mum as to why federal agents raided the headquarters of defense contractor NP Precision on Thursday morning.
Investigators from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, with assistance from other federal law enforcement agencies and local police, swarmed the machine shop on Horne Drive at about 9 a.m.
A spokesman for the Army CID, which is based in Quantico, Va., confirmed it, along with several other federal law enforcement agencies, is conducting an investigation involving NP Precision, but declined to release additional information.
“To protect the integrity of the investigative process, we are not releasing any further information at this time,” said Chris Grey, chief of public affairs for the USA CID.
The contractor manufactures rotors and landing gear for Boeing’s CH-47 heavy-lift helicopter, which is manufactured at Boeing’s plant in Ridley Township. It employs about 25 people and lists the Department of the Navy, the Department of the Army, Boeing and Lockheed Martin among its clients, according to its website.
Grey said the fact there is an investigation, “does not necessarily in and of itself imply guilt nor innocence.”
Two of the company’s principals have made local headlines in the past.
According to Daily Times archives, the company was formed in 2002 when Nick Emper and Ken Narzikul bought a division of the larger, now defunct Tura Machine.
Narzikul was the CEO of Tura Machine Co. Inc. when it was accused of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts illegally bought with gifts from a company slush fund. Tura agreed to pay $1 million in criminal and civil fines. Narzikul, the CEO of NP Precision, initially fought the charges, but later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four months house arrest and 400 hours community service, according to the archives.
Emper, president of NP Precision, was disbarred in August 2000 and lost his position as the longtime solicitor in Aston. Emper agreed to stop practicing law before the state Supreme Court’s disciplinary board was able to prove the allegations against him. The “on consent” disbarment prevented the charges from becoming public, though sources at the time said Emper’s former law firm had filed a complaint, according to the archives.
It is unclear what the agents were looking for when they entered NP Precision’s facility Thursday. They were still inside of the 30,000-square-foot facility Thursday afternoon.
Messages left for NP Precision’s main number and for Emper were not returned. (Click HERE for original article)