FBI investigates local charter school

INDIANAPOLIS - The FBI, The U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission were investigating Indiana Math and Science Academy on the city’s north side.

Officials raided the facility late Wednesday afternoon. It took until Thursday afternoon for the FBI to confirm they were conducting an ongoing white-collar crime investigation.

Wednesday’s raid was described as extremely low-key. There were no FBI jackets or marked vehicles -- workers just appeared to load documents into a van.

Katherine Beckwith, regional community relations coordinator, released the following statement about the investigation:

"Earlier this week we were asked to provide information to U.S. Department of Education officials as part of a larger federal audit of e-rate technology grants. Those officials indicated they are auditing the funds dispersed to various schools to verify that work paid for with e-rate grants was completed as reported. We were happy to provide them with records and supporting materials detailing how e-rate grants were spent at our IMSA North school, so that they can successfully complete their audit."

The FBI said if the investigation extends into the school year, the school should be able to continue to operate.

Officials said 600 students attend the charter school that opened in 2010. Students had already been dismissed for the summer.

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