Investigation brings FBI, Indiana State Police to Vigo County School Corporation building

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4 Fast Facts

  • FBI and Indiana State Police converge on Vigo County School Corporation building
  • Law enforcement personnel showed up around 9:30 a.m.
  • Employees were asked to leaving the building
  • FBI confirms investigative activity at location but wouldn't disclose specifics

 

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State Police and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation converged on the Vigo County School Corporation building Wednesday morning conducting an investigation into fraudulent contracts.

FBI agents removed boxes of evidence and loaded them into cars, but said nothing about what led them to the district or what they were looking for there.

Employees at the scene didn’t comment on what was happening, and the school superintendent, Danny Tanoos, was at the scene but left.

Part-time employee Matt Patterson said he quickly found out that he wasn't going to be able to go to work.

"(Someone said) don’t worry about coming in, can’t really tell you much, and we’ll see you tomorrow," Patterson said.

Sources told FOX59 the investigation is related to school corporation contracts and upper management.

Tim Morrison, an IU Maurer School of Law Adjunct Professor who worked for 23 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, shed some light on what could be going on behind-the-scenes.

"It’s just the very first step in probably what’s going to be a relatively long process," Morrison said.

Morrison said that in order to seize evidence, agents would've asked a judge for a warrant, and proved they had reason to believe something was not right.

However, just like raids earlier this year at a Carmel office and locations in Franklin and Indianapolis, it could take some time to find out why FBI agents showed up.

"You’ll know something is happening when they actually announce an arrest or take somebody into custody, but until they you won’t," Morrison said. He speculated it could take months to learn any new information.

The Vigo County School Corporation issued this statement to WTHI:

“The VCSC is fully cooperating with law enforcement and understands that there has been no formal identification by law enforcement of any VCSC employee as a target in this matter."

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