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Two employees on administrative leave after FBI raid on BISD administration building

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On the same day FBI agents raided the BISD administration building, they went to the home of BISD CFO Devon McCraney On the same day FBI agents raided the BISD administration building, they went to the home of BISD CFO Devon McCraney
BEAUMONT -

The Beaumont Independent School District Dr. Timothy Chargois Thursday afternoon said two district employees have been placed on administrative leave following a raid on the district's administrative building.

"Today has been a very difficult day for BISD. We are requesting a high level of professionalism, a high level of confidence and genuine cooperation," said Dr. Chargois speaking of Thursday's events.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the administration building early Thursday morning. They also raided the home of the district's Director of Finance Devin McCraney and the home of District Comptroller Sharika Allison.

According to a BISD news release issued after the raid began, the FBI is assisting the US Attorney's Office in an investigation involving allegations of a bogus account and diverted BISD funds.

A statement issued by the office of U.S. Attorney John Bales also says that BISD is fully cooperating with authorities. Dr. Chargois reiterated that the district is cooperating.

Dr. Timothy Chargois holds news conference 11/7/2013

"The community at large can be assured that the misuse of any public funds by any member of our BISD staff will not be tolerated, and we will continue to ask for the public's confidence and trust as we move to resolve this very difficult matter," said Dr. Chargois.

The FBI has been tight-lipped about its role in the investigation or for what specifically it is looking. As agents were packing up and carting off boxes of material, 12News spoke with Shauna Dunlap at the Houston office of the FBI who could only confirm that agents were at the administration building.

"I can confirm that FBI is lawfully present at the administration building, but that is all I can tell you at this time," said Dunlap.

FBI agents remove boxes of material from the BISD administration building.

Visitors to the administration building Thursday morning were turned away by authorities. All employees who work at the administration building were restricted to a conference room or the cafeteria while FBI agents boxed up evidence. No one was allowed to go to their office or normal work station.

The FBI raid comes one week after an on-site visit conducted by the Texas Education Agency as part of its investigation into allegations against the district. State Board of Education member David Bradley said the state had no idea the FBI raid was coming and the FBI's investigation is not related to the TEA's work.

BISD STATEMENT SENT TO 12NEWS:

Subject: BISD Statement on US Attorney's Office

The district is working with the US Attorney's Office regarding allegations that someone set-up bogus accounts and diverted district funds. It is the district's intent to fully investigate and provide information to the FBI. No further comments or statements will be released regarding this matter until the investigation is complete.

Nakisha Myles

BISD Communications Specialist

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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