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Calvin Walker in custody at Jefferson County Jail
JEFFERSON COUNTY - Calvin Walker was in custody at the Jefferson County Jail as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday after a Special Grand Jury in Jefferson County indicted Walker on six felony charges. There are six pre-set bonds at $50,000 each.
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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.