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Documents uncovered show questions about charter group

3 years 5 months 1 week ago December 13, 2013 Dec 13, 2013 Friday, December 13 2013 December 13, 2013 4:48 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ryan Naquin

BATON ROUGE - The federal government has had its eye on a charter school company at the center of an FBI raid since for at least two years, documents uncovered by the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit show.

Wednesday, federal agents stormed the Kenilworth charter school. They spent hours there and eventually left with a van full of boxes. The FBI has not said what it was after, and the school only has released that it is cooperating with authorities.

According to an audit, the U.S. Attorney subpoenaed financial documents regarding Pelican Educational Foundation- the company in charge of Kenilworth, a board member and a former member of it's management in October 2011. The audit did not disclose why the office was investigating finances.

Pelican Educational has ties to Turkey.

Classes resumed on Thursday, but principal Hasan Suzuk would not answer questions when approached by WBRZ.

"You can contact our PR person I'm not going to talk," Suzuk said.

Suzuk and the school's public information official sent out a statement to parents that said the school is cooperating with authorities and operated in a legal and ethical manner and will continue to do so.

The U.S. Attorney is not the only agency looking into Pelican and it's practices.

Last year, the State Legislative Auditor reported Pelican may have improperly used tax money by spending about $8600 on gifts for students who scored high on LEAP tests.

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