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BISD electrical contractor Calvin Walker to be sentenced December 12

BEAUMONT - A federal judge is scheduled to sentence BISD electrical contractor Calvin Walker on December 12, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.


Walker pleaded guilty July 17 to one misdemeanor charge of failing to pay taxes in a timely manner.


He entered the plea during a hearing before federal Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.


Federal Judge Ron Clark will sentence Walker in December. He faces a punishment ranging from probation to up to one year in federal prison. He also faces up to one year of supervised release and a fine of $25,000. The completion of a pre-sentencing report was the final step prior to sentencing.


In exchange for the plea, Walker avoided a trial on charges including mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.



Prosecutors had accused Walker of overcharging the Beaumont ISD by millions of dollars.


According to the federal prosecutors, Walker failed to report as income on his 2009 tax return a check from BISD in the amount of $1,592,839.10 for the payment of materials, labor and equipment rental charges.


Prosecutors say Walker admitted that included in the wholesale invoices was an invoice in the amount of $382,975.32 which had been altered to reflect it was an invoice when in fact the document was a quote and not an actual purchase.


As part of the plea, Walker has agreed to forfeit $3.2 million of the annuities from which the tax liability and any fine will be paid. BISD may also request restitution from the remaining forfeited funds.


His first trial ended in a hung jury in December 2011.


Watch KFDM News at 5, 6 and 10 for more on the story.


(July 17 ) BEAUMONT, Texas - From U.S. Attorney's Office - A 51-year-old Beaumont electrician has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.



Calvin Gary Walker pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with failure to pay federal income taxes today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.



An Internal Revenue Service investigation stemming from the original FBI investigation of overbilling and submission of altered documents to the Beaumont Independent School District revealed Walker failed to report as income on his 2009 tax return a check from BISD in the amount of $1,592,839.10 for the payment of materials, labor and equipment rental charges.



According to information presented in court, Walker admitted in a signed factual basis submitted to the court that he was aware of the additional business income as it resulted from the submission of invoices to the BISD. Records from the BISD reflect that on Aug. 29, 2009, Walker submitted an invoice for labor, materials, and rental equipment in the amount of $1,592,839.10 for the electrical wiring of two temporary campuses. On Sep. 9, 2009, the BISD issued a check in the amount of $1,592,839.10 in payment of the invoice. Records of the BISD contained copies of bills of materials from third party electrical wholesale companies along with copies of unnegotiated checks drawn on Walker's bank account in the same amounts, payable to said wholesalers. Walker further admitted that included in the wholesale invoices was an invoice in the amount of $382,975.32 which had been altered to reflect it was an invoice when in fact the document was a quote and not an actual purchase. Walker's check payable to that wholesaler in the amount of $382,975.32 was never presented to the wholesaler or negotiated. Records of the BISD also contained similar altered documents purportedly from the same electrical supplier matching invoices submitted by Walker for materials in other projects.



Walker faces up to one year in federal prison. As part of the plea, Walker has agreed to forfeit $3.2 million of the annuities from which the tax liability and any fine will be paid. BISD may also request restitution from the remaining forfeited funds. Upon sentencing, any remaining charges will be dismissed. A sentencing date has not been set.



This case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Rawls and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Foster.

BISD electrical contractor Calvin Walker to be sentenced December 12

Wednesday, January 30 2013, 03:07 PM CST
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