Feds Raid Busack Offices

WHEELING – FBI agents seized several boxes from the offices of Mark Busack Thursday. Deputies assisted in the raid, Sheriff Pat Butler said.

The search targeted Busack’s multi-business location on Bethany Pike, home of the former A Plus Family Mortgage and That’s Italian Specialty Restaurant. Current businesses on the site are Hole In One Wings and Brew, a pizza shop and an ice cream shop.

“The items seized during the course of the warrant search are stored in our evidence room,” Butler said. “Beyond that, I cannot comment.”

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II also declined to comment.

Busack said Thursday despite having his business searched and items removed, he remains open.

“What happened here did not pertain to anything with the Hole In One Restaurant and Catering,” Busack said. “It was misreported … that we were closed.”

In September, the West Virginia Division of Financial Institutions ordered A Plus Family Mortgage to close its doors after an investigation revealed what the division termed as “multiple business-related violations.”

The agency issued a cease and desist order to Busack because of alleged violations involving unauthorized charges on a borrower’s credit cards to That’s Italian Specialty Wheeling totaling more than $34,000.

In addition to the cease and desist order, the state agency revoked Busack’s mortgage brokerage license and levied a $48,500 civil penalty against him.

In early October, Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said his department was taking the lead in a multi-jurisdictional credit card fraud investigation. Without mentioning Busack, he said his department and other agencies experienced an increase in complaints from people reporting unauthorized use of their credit cards.