Last Thursday January 31st a man came banging on my door continuously for over 10 minutes. I was home that day with my son and I was also babysitting another child so I did not answer the door. It frightened myself and the children. Being alarmed with the time, manner, and that he came back a second time I called the local police to come check out the situation. He talked with the man and his partner confirming his credentials that he was from the Treasury Department with the Special Agent Investigation Division and just wanted to ask me some questions about my ex's house and when he received federal help. I reluctantly let the men enter my apartment even know I was in the middle of a training conference call with my new job and another reason I did not want to answer the door and be disturbed. I let the two men in with the main one being very mean and rude with me actually cutting me off several times and raising his voice to me. He kept saying or claiming that I could really help and that he already had information. I did answer a few of his questions mostly basic questions but then stopped after feeling like they were asking me deceiving questions. I told him that I had no problem helping them but I wanted to get some legal advice or possibly an attorney. My only issue with that is money. I am a single mom in between jobs, actually in the middle of training for a new one right now and I do not even know who the target of the investigation is or really what to do. I am pretty freaked and stressed out right now and lost. I have never been in trouble a day in my life. They wanted to ask me a bunch of questions but would not answer any of mine. Please any help or advice you can give me would help. I know if I get charged I can then have a public defender but I don't want to wait and see if that happens. All I can think about our my kids.
Thank you Natasha Banister
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