BESE member indicted for theft, fraud
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.