Federal investigators issue subpoena to ODU in investigation of former Norfolk sheriff

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NORFOLK, Va. – Federal investigators have issued a subpoena to Old Dominion University in the investigation in former Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe.

On Wednesday, ODU confirmed to News 3 they were issued a subpoena by the FBI.

The university issued the following statement about the subpoena:

Old Dominion University has received a federal subpoena related to Bob McCabe’s interactions with the University and is fully cooperating with the request. To clear up any confusion related to the release of this information, the FBI requested that the subpoena not be disclosed so as not to impede their investigation. As always, the University acts with integrity and a strict adherence to the law. We hope this clarifies our actions. After receiving additional guidance from the assistant attorney generals assigned to ODU, the University is making the subpoena publicly available. 

The subpoena requests information from January 2010 through the present. They are asking for documents related to ODU, McCabe, and the Norfolk Sheriff's Office.

Federal investigators would like all contracts or agreements between the former Sheriff and security/law enforcement at ODU sporting events.

The document requests payments for expense reimbursements, gifts, campaign contributions or compensation for services.

They ask for all records of any items of value greater than $100 provided by or behalf of ODU such as airline travel to ODU sporting events, hotel expenses and commemorative ODU rings or other jewelry.

ODU Athletics Director Wood Selig said:

From 2010 to 2014, Bob McCabe served as sideline security for away football contests and arranged travel escorts with local police for the team upon arrival and on game day. He is no longer performing this service.

ODU Athletics has never made a payment to or compensated McCabe.

From 2010 to 2014, Sheriff McCabe traveled to most away football games by plane with the team or at his own expense in his personal vehicle, if the team bused to away games. ODU Athletics paid for his hotel expenses at away football contests in exchange for security and travel escort services. The team also gave him a 2012 commemorative championship football ring, valued at $159.

Back in early February, News 3 reported the Norfolk City Attorney received a subpoena for records along with the Norfolk Sheriff's Office.

Bob McCabe

The subpoena requests 18 different types of documents being requested by the U.S. Department of Justice ranging from contracts to requests for proposals.

According to the documents, investigators want information dating back to January 2004 relating to a contract the Norfolk City Jail had with Correct Care Solutions - a group that provides medical care to places like jails.

The document states federal investigators requested information about contracts the Sheriff’s Office had with the medical company which includes payments given to McCabe for gifts, campaign contributions and travel and entertainment reimbursements.

In addition, federal investigators requested documents related to the website 811marketplace.com, a program that offers people the opportunity to pay for meals for their loved ones while they are behind bars at the Norfolk Jail.

McCabe announced his retirement in December and has been keeping a low profile in recent months and not returning calls.

Previously, McCabe had been very outspoken and responsive to the media.

News 3 reporter Margaret Kavanagh asked him months ago about allegations of corruption and he denied any wrong doing.

McCabe served as Sheriff for 23 years.


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