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Defense attorney Dick DeGuerin, who represented Calvin Walker in federal case, talks with KFDM News about Jefferson County grand jury indictment of Walker

JEFFERSON COUNTY - by Scott Lawrence

KFDM News spoke by phone with Dick DeGuerin, the well known Houston attorney who represented Calvin Walker in his federal case, for reaction to Tuesday's indictment of Walker by a Jefferson County grand jury. We spoke with DeGuerin just before Walker posted bond and was released from jail.

"I am still representing him," DeGuerin told KFDM News. "I'm sure we'll talk about this as soon as he posts bail and is released. It's the same crap the federal government tried and failed to convince a jury was fraud. The evidence in that federal trial was that BISD didn't rely on any of those invoices. The money they paid was on work that was done and BISD was completely satisfied. This is nothing but sour grapes. I've seen the indictments. It's the same allegations in the federal trial we tried almost two years ago. The evidence was very clear that BISD was satisfied with the work, got dollar for dollar value for what they were billed, and did not rely on any fake invoices. If this case goes to trial, Calvin Walker was hired by BISD to do extensive work, particularly following all the damage to BISD campuses from the hurricane, but also to make new installations. He did that work, did a great job, and he was paid for it. It should be the end  of the story. I might add, BISD was completely satisfied with his work. He was released on a personal recognizance bond in federal court on exactly the same cases. It's chicken---- if you ask me."

When told about District Attorney Cory Crenshaw's vow to go after corruption in BISD, and when told a new D.A. will take office following the November election because Crenshaw was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to fill the unexpired term of Tom Maness, who retired, Deguerin said, "January 1 can't come soon enough for me."

 

 

Jefferson County jury set to sentence man to 12 years for assaulting teenaged girl
JEFFERSON COUNTY - A Jefferson County jury was set Tuesday to sentence a man to 12 years in prison for sexual assault of a child.

The jury was about to begin hearing evidence in the case when 37-year-old Rodney Adams entered a guilty plea.

According to offense reports, a teenage girl was assaulted by Adams several times.

When Adams was confronted about the assault, he denied it but later admitted to sexually assaulting the girl.

Adams must serve at least half of his sentence before being considered for parole.

When he is released, he must register as a sex offender.

Calvin Walker released from jail after posting bond

JEFFERSON COUNTY - Calvin Walker posted bond and was released from the Jefferson County Jail shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday following his indictment by a Special Grand Jury in Jefferson County on six felony charges.

Walker was transported to the jail at about 12:30 p.m. by Beaumont Police. There were six pre-set bonds at $50,000 each.

Reporters questioned Walker as he was leaving jail:

Calvin Walker: "It appears the government has reneged on their deal and had the state take over."

Reporter: "What do you think is going to happen?"

Walker: "Time will tell."

Reporter: "Do you think it's double jeopardy?"

Walker: "Absolutely, it is."

Reporter: Did you have any idea this was coming?"

Walker: "Oh yeah, I knew this was coming."

Reporter: "How did you know?"

Walker: "I had several head's up."

Watch Live at 5 and KFDM News at 6 and 10 for updated information and reaction to Walker's indictment.

Click here to read first part of indictment against Calvin Walker

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Click here to read the fifth part of the indictment against Calvin Walker

According to District Attorney Cory Crenshaw, Walker was indicted on six felony charges of fraudulent billing practices and money laundering in connection with work for the Beaumont Independent School District and the City of Port Arthur.

Deputies say Walker will go through processing at the jail.

A federal grand jury returned a 37 count indictment against Walker in 2011. He was charged with money laundering, mail fraud and wire fraud.

Walker pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of failing to pay taxes in a timely manner and in December of 2012 a federal judge sentenced him to one misdemeanor count of failing to pay taxes in a timely manner.  Judge Ron Clark sentenced Walker to 5 years probation, 400 hours of community service, more than $600,000 in restitution, and a $60,000 fine to the government. The U.S. Attorney, Malcolm Bales, had told the school board it could seek about $2 million in assets the government seized from Walker but the board never went after the money.

The new BISD Board of Managers says it plans to rebid the district's contract for electrician services.

In Tuesday's state indictment, Walker, 53, of Beaumont, was indicted on four felony charges of Securing Execution of a Document by Deception and two felony charges of Money Laundering. 

According to the indictments, from December 23, 2008, through September 10, 2009, Walker, who owns and manages an electrical contractor company, submitted fraudulent invoices to both BISD and the City of Port Arthur.  The fraudulent invoices resulted in Walker being compensated for labor, materials, and other expenses which were never incurred concerning his work as a contractor on various projects including temporary campuses at BISD's South Park and Regina Howell schools, a softball field at Ozen, and Port Arthur parks.

If convicted, Walker faces up to life in prison on each charge due to the amount of fraud being in excess of $200,000.  Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw will pursue full restitution to ensure that all taxpayer funds are repaid.                                                                                                

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and investigators with the Criminal District Attorney's Office with the assistance of the Beaumont Police Department.  Assistant Criminal District Attorney Luke Nichols is prosecuting the case.

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.  


BISD statement on Calvin Walker indictment

BEAUMONT - from BISD

The Beaumont Independent School District has been made aware of the indictment of electrical contractor Calvin Walker by the Jefferson County grand jury. The district will fully cooperate with all governmental agencies involved. Beaumont ISD will be available to assist with any reasonable request associated with the indictment. Our primary objective is and will always be the educational advancement of all Beaumont Independent School District students.

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