Jared Fogle, a.k.a. Jared the Subway Guy, is one of TV's most beloved pitchmen -- famous as the face of the Subway sandwich chain.
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So it was quite a shock to see the FBI and state police raiding Fogle’s Indiana mansion Tuesday morning.
Just this past July 4 weekend, Fogle was the honorary starter at the Subway Firecracker 250 Race in Daytona, Florida.
What makes the raid on Fogle’s home particularly disturbing is that it comes nearly two months after the former executive director of his non-profit foundation was arrested on federal child pornography charges.
Investigators said they found more than 400 child pornography videos in the home of Russell Taylor -- who made an unsuccessful suicide attempt after his arrest.
Fogle’s story was inspiring -- a 425-pound freshman at Indiana University who embarked on the unusual diet of eating nothing but Subway turkey and veggie subs.
He lost a staggering 235 pounds -- and showed INSIDE EDITION his old, 60-inch jeans in 2004:
Fogle has now been Subway's spokesman for the past 15 years -- earning an estimated $15 million in the process. His commercials are still on the air.
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Subway tells INSIDE EDITION in a statement about the raid: "We are shocked about the news and believe it is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee. We are very concerned, and will be monitoring the situation closely. We don't have any more details at this point."
A branding expert told INSIDE EDITION, "It's most likely that Subway will choose to move on from Jared, irrespective of what happens with the case."
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