Walter Lee pays restitution to BESE
BATON ROUGE - State education board member Walter Lee has reimbursed the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education an amount state auditors said he owed for improper payments received for travel and lodging over a three-year period.
BESE communications manager Kevin Calbert tells The Times that Lee paid $13,073 on Sept. 15.
On the same date, BESE paid Lee for travel and per diem expenses that have been held since December. Calbert did not have the exact amount.
A grand jury in DeSoto Parish indicted the veteran educator in January on felony theft, malfeasance and public contract fraud charges. Another grand jury in August indicted Lee on four misdemeanor theft counts.
District Attorney Richard Johnson said the repayment has no effect on his pending criminal charges.