FBI joins AG’s probe of Harrisburg schools

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The FBI has joined an investigation of the Harrisburg School District, the state attorney general’s office said Thursday.

State prosecutors have been looking into computers that reportedly went missing and then turned up again earlier this year.

Harrisburg School Board Director, Carrie Fowler said, “I’m not surprised. I’m surprised that it took the FBI this long to come in. We’re talking about federal funds.”

A spokesperson for the attorney general’s would not say if the investigation involves more than the computers.

“They treated the funds like it was their own personal atm, and they could spend it however they wanted, and there was no accountability,” Fowler added.

An FBI spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation, citing Department of Justice policy.

Acting Superintendent Dr. John George said he had “no comment about any possible investigation.”

“Our primary responsibility and the focus of our work is to restore the academic and financial health of the school district,” George said in a statement. “In so doing, we will cooperate with law enforcement agencies that seek to hold accountable those who are responsible for the plight of the Harrisburg School District.”

It is not clear how many computers went missing or if the equipment was simply misplaced.

George announced July 9 that administrators were able to account for all computers, but he said he could not provide any other information.

The district has not answered questions about where the computers were found and whether data or documents were missing.

“I’m in hopes that their investigation will exonerate the school district, but if not, I’m sure it will take its rightful legal course,” board director Joe Brown said.

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