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Judge rejects BISD claim for about $340,000 in Calvin Walker forfeited funds
BEAUMONT - A federal magistrate judge has denied the Beaumont ISD's claim seeking about $340,000 in funds electrician Calvin Walker forfeited to the government as part of about $3 million he gave up in his plea agreement, but ruled Walker should get about $200,000 of the forfeited funds.
Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin made the ruling following a Tuesday morning hearing. He also rejected Walker's claim for about $2.7 million of the forfeited funds.
A federal grand jury indicted Walker on 37 counts of money laundering, mail and wire fraud. The government accused Walker of overcharging BISD by millions of dollars. A jury was deadlocked in the case and Walker ultimately pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to file taxes in a timely manner. The government dropped the other charges. He received probation and forfeited more than $3 million dollars to the government.
The Beaumont school district was seeking about $340,000 based on one invoice, according to information Melody Chappell, an attorney representing BISD, provided to KFDM News. Judge Giblin rejected the claim Tuesday. He also rejected Walker's claim for about $2.7 million of what he forfeited to the government. He will receive about $200,000 as part of a previous stipulation with the government.
"The community feels there's money out there," Chappell told KFDM News. "The administration gave us authority to try to go after it. We're in a predicament. Mr. Zinglemann (BISD's chief business officer several years ago), on behalf of the district, looked at Calvin Walker's bids. What he found when looking at the fair market value of the jobs Mr. Walker did, they looked right at what Mr. Walker asked for, or a bit below. There was no evidence we were overcharged or defrauded. We looked at Mr. Walker's plea. He didn't admit overcharging. We filed our amended claim for about $340,000 based on one invoice."