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BESE member indicted for theft, fraud

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Posted: Jan 17, 2014 1:17 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jan 17, 2014 1:17 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: walter lee, bese, grand jury, indictment

SHREVEPORT - A DeSoto Parish grand jury indicted Walter Lee, a member of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, on Friday for theft and fraud charges.

The indictment accused Lee of two counts of felony theft, a count of public contract fraud, and a count of malfeasance in office.

District Attorney Richard Johnson told KTBS they have a warrant for Johnson's arrest, and he is expected to be booked into the parish jail later Friday. If convicted, he faces up to 17 years in prison and up to $12,000 in fines.

The indictment comes after a state audit released in December showed during Lee's time as superintendent of the DeSoto parish School System he double-billed BESE and the DeSoto Parish School System for travel and meal costs.

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