Danny Tanoos Charged with Bribery

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Former Vigo County School Corporation Superintendent Danny Tanoos is facing charges.

Three counts of bribery charges were filed against Tanoos in Marion County.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Tanoos is accused of improper awarding of school contracts to ESG, a guaranteed energy savings contractor. The company is headquartered in Newburgh and has an office in Indianapolis.

Authorities say Tanoos has a close relationship with ESG representative Doug Tischbein.

Investigators say evidence shows that Tischbein and ESG provided benefits and perks to Tanoos in an effort to continue receiving work from the school corporation.

Documents say between the years of 2000 and 2016, ESG entered into nine contracts with VCSC for a total of more than $42 million.

The affidavit goes on to say that ESG had donated/expensed more than $100,000 to the VCSC and Tanoos.

Those donations allegedly include political donations to Vigo County politicians, scholarships for Vigo County students, a donation to name a classroom at ISU after Danny Tanoos, meals and entertainment.

Tanoos’ initial hearing is scheduled for September 26 at 9 A.M.

While Tanoos retired as superintendent, he was serving as the head of school security and safety until the end of the year.

The Vigo County School Corporation’s current superintendent Dr. Robert Haworth released a statement, saying

Today, Vigo County School Corporation was informed that the Marion County Prosecutor has filed charges against Dr. Daniel Tanoos. Dr. Tanoos has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending a review of the charges by the Vigo County School Board of School Trustees. The Vigo County School Corporation has, and will continue, to cooperate fully with law enforcement.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Click here for the Probable Cause Affidavit.

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