RECAP; A look back at the June FBI raid on the Vigo County School Coporation


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Questions and concerns have been coming into our newsroom. Many of you wondering, are these arrests in any way connected to the FBI investigation at the Vigo County School Corporation?

News 10 has been working diligently to find answers. Five months have passed, and only silence from the FBI. Until, details began to surface on Wednesday morning.

You might remember, complaints to an Indiana agency prompted a federal investigation into the school corporation’s contracting procedures.

On June 8th, News 10 cameras were on the scene as FBI agents swarmed several Vigo County School Corporation buildings. Those included the central office downtown, transportation center, and McLean High School. Officers spent hours loading numerous boxes into vehicles. No information was released.

Jumping ahead a couple of weeks, June 20th marked the first school board meeting since the raid. Superintendent Danny Tanoos said it was “business as usual.” The board stated they had very little, if any factual information.

Nearly a month later on August 14th, News 10 learned complaints regarding contractual procedures prompted the investigation. No further information was released.

In the meantime, our crew was working to gather paperwork. Doing so, through the freedom of information act, also known as FOIA. It’s a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. However, the FBI declined to comment. Which is common protocol during an open and active investigation.

“We would only share the information once an actual charge is filed,” said Tim Horty, with U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana.

Which brings us to present day. On Wednesday the FBI placed Frank Shahadey and Frank Fennell in handcuffs. Both are connected to the school corporation. Shahadey is listed under student services and is in charge of school resource officers. Fennell is the Director of Transportation.

News 10 has reached out to contacts at the FBI and the U.S Attorney’s Office. Neither can confirm whether the arrests are in connection to the June raid. The documents will remain sealed until formal charges are filed.

Shahadey and Fennel are expected to appear at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis at 3pm. It’s expected formal charges will be read.

This is a developing story. News 10 will continue to bring you the latest information on air and online as it becomes available.