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Owner of company raided by FBI has controversial past

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FBI agents raided a business in Kanawha County last week, but this is not the owner's first brush with controversy.

Daniel C. Kessler runs Diversified Services, LLC, the business responsible for cleaning up the site of a massive chemical spill that left 300,000 people without clean drinking water.

Neighbors tell 13 News they saw agents remove at least one gun resembling a rifle from the property during the raid.

"It was long, it was no pistol," said Cecilia Sanson, who owns the property adjacent to Diversified Services. "I saw his wife jump out of the truck she was sitting in and she said, 'That's my husband's gun.'"

A Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputy confirmed that Kessler received a concealed carry permit in 2011.

Court records show Kessler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in 1995 in Anne Arundel, Md. His sentence included six months in jail and the completion of a spousal abuse program. Documents indicate Kessler violated his probation in 1996. It appears Kessler never served jail time.

Under federal law, people convicted of felonies and domestic violence misdemeanors are barred from possessing guns.

A representative from Diversified Services declined to comment Monday.

Kessler also became the center of controversy in 2011 when he became the target of a murder-for-hire plot. Kessler became ensnared in a drama with his former business partner, Brent Boggs. He has no relation to Delegate Brent Boggs (D-Braxton.)

Boggs allegedly offered two undercover state police officers $50,000 cash and a Pontiac Grand Prix to kill Kessler. The complaint said Boggs also offered the officers a metal bucket and told them to "bring it back with (Kessler's) head."

FBI agents raided Diversified Services Thursday. Federal prosecutors and FBI representatives could not comment on why they removed materials from the business.

Several inspectors with the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection drew water samples from a culvert near Diversified Services Friday. DEP officials said a tip from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prompted them to investigate a suspected chemical spill at the site.

The culvert drains into swamp, which leads into a tributary of the Kanawha River. Inspectors noticed a sheen in the drainage ditch Friday, but it was not spotted in the swamp. 

A DEP spokesperson told 13 News that the agency is not involved with the "federal investigation."

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