Frank Shahadey Sentenced

Indianapolis - Former Vigo County Sheriff's Deputy Frank Shahadey has been sentenced to 16 months in federal prison, with credit for time served, and two years of supervised release.

A judge handed down that sentence this afternoon at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis. Shahadey has already served 11 months since his arrest.

He was arrested last November in a kickback scheme while working as a liaison at the Vigo County School Corporation. The scheme cost the school corporation more than $80,000.

Back in June, Shahadey pleaded guilty to wire fraud and theft of government funds. He must also pay $80,500 in restitution.

Franklin Fennell was also arrested in this case. He turned down a plea just last month and will face trial in December.

In court, the judge asked Shahadey how a man with a clean record up until the age of 59 got involved with a federal crime. Shahadey says he got a call from Fennell saying there was work to be done in cutting down trees. Shahadey claims Fennell said his friend Mike Pick could do the job and they would receive kickback money.

Shahadey gave a tearful apology in court, saying he has humiliated the school corporation, the sheriff's department and his family.

Our Sadie All was in the courtroom and will have a live report tonight on WAWV Live at 5 and WTWO News at 6.

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