Two former western Indiana school officials each face a federal charge for allegedly taking kickbacks from a contractor over two years.
A criminal complaint unsealed in federal court Wednesday charges former Vigo County School Corp. facilities director Frank Fennell and Frank Shahadey, a Vigo County deputy sheriff formerly assigned to the school district, with theft or bribery of programs receiving federal funds. The complaint alleges both men obtained more than $5,000 in school district funds.
Both men denied the allegations to federal agents following a June 8 FBI raid of district offices. Their attorneys declined to comment following a court hearing Wednesday.
Shahadey was ordered held pending a detention hearing Friday. Fennell was released after the hearing.
School board president Paul Lockhart says the district fired both men later Wednesday.