Former Harrison County deputy prosecutor arrested

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 7:21 AM

CORYDON, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A former deputy prosecutor in Harrison County was arrested Wednesday afternoon. Shawn Donahue, who teaches criminal justice classes at Corydon High School, was arrested for suspicion of felony welfare fraud.

Donahue was a deputy prosecutor under the former Harrison County Attorney Dennis Byrd.

He was fired on Jan. 1, 2011 and immediately started collecting unemployment benefits according to court records. Now, in an affidavit, the state claims Donahue continued to receive unemployment for almost eight months. The state alleges Donahue was doing part-time legal work for the county and the city of Palmyra and not reporting all of his earnings, in essence they claim he scammed Harrison County out of at least $5,000 in taxes.

Donahue posted a $5,000 bond and is expected to be back in court on Monday.

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