Ex-Vigo school administrator convicted in kickback scheme

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A former Vigo County school district administrator has been convicted in a multi-year kickback scheme that federal authorities say cost the district more than $100,000.

The Tribune-Star of Terre Haute reported a federal jury in Indianapolis found Franklin Fennell guilty of all counts Wednesday night. He was convicted of nine counts of wire fraud, one count of theft and two counts of lying to federal investigators.

The 49-year-old Terre Haute man said nothing as the verdicts were read.

The case involved the Vigo County School Corp. Former sheriff's deputy Frank Shahadey, a former school security liaison, earlier pleaded guilty in the case.

Prosecutors have said they believe Fennell is eligible for 30 to 37 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. A date for sentencing wasn't immediately set.

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