BISD's Walker Electric costs district thousands

Calvin Walker

 

When the Beaumont Independent School District’s Odom Middle School opened a student-operated fruit stand to show the pupils the value of a hard-earned dollar and the reward of providing organic food offerings to the public at a reasonable cost, the effort was heralded by a community appreciative of the service. That service has now been threatened since the school district’s electrician of record, Calvin Walker, billed the district in excess of $7,000 to provide simple wiring to the school’s fruit stand but failed to garner approval from the city of Beaumont’s building codes inspector before declaring the project a done-deal.

Expert analysis of the fruit stand project by local electricians state that the job was not only done improperly, but also at a rate more than double what it’s worth. To add insult to injury, the fruit stand has now been closed pending city of Beaumont code approval, and the school’s fruit stand operator said the students are still in the process of seeking roughly $6,000 to complete the campus project.

‘Friend’ prices

After saving up to buy a used portable building from a now-defunct Beaumont business, Odom Middle School advisor Will Humber and his agriculture students embarked on a mission to convert the old shaved-ice stand into an air-conditioned fruit stand for use in selling the products of the campus garden.

In April, BISD officials sanctioned district electrician Calvin Walker to piggy-back some electricity from a nearby campus building to the small fruit stand. According to a permit to perform the work filled out at the city of Beaumont by Walker’s wife and business partner, Stacy, the electricians were going to perform commercial service and install one outlet, switch or receptacle. After billing for more than 100 man-hours, rental use of the company’s bucket truck, material, and a 10 percent markup, the total cost for Walker to provide the outlet was $7,300.

A paid invoice from BISD shows that Walker’s company received a request to perform the Odom project April 9, with work commencing at the site April 20. Within 10 days, according to the invoice, the job was complete. In that time, Walker billed for three electrical laborers, each making $60 an hour for 14 hours; two laborers each earning $45 an hour for 32 hours apiece; $1,000 to rent his bucket truck for eight hours; more than $700 for materials; and a $175 charge to provide the materials. A call to Walker’s Electric for a breakdown of the costs was not answered.

A separate Southeast Texas electrician reviewed the project, however, and did give a breakdown of the costs that should have been incurred to provide service to the fruit stand and also pointed out the problems in the job Walker performed at the campus that could have caused the facility not to pass city of Beaumont muster.

“At the high end, trade service pricing came to about $3,000 for that job,” the electrician advised. “No way could you charge more than that. That includes about 18 man hours to do it all, and $325 a day for a lift (truck.)”

According to the electrician, the Walker project wasn’t even worth the $3,000 high-end quote. He said, the “service mast is not tied back properly, the wiring is supposed to be 8 feet above the porch, the weather head has blue wire nuts – probably not a legal connection, the tie back is wrapped around the wire and should have been secured to the building (and) not the conduit, and no main breaker in the panel at the stand – it shouldn’t be in use or passed for inspection by the city.”

The expert who quoted electrical pricing for The Examiner elected not to be named but was called to inspect the Odom fruit stand work after a Beaumont city code inspector arrived to investigate why the fruit stand was open without the proper electrical permitting.

Odom agriculture advisor Humber said he was unaware of any problems with the electrical wiring when questioned by the city inspector Tuesday, June 25. “I had no idea,” he reiterated, to which the city inspector offered up a point of contact who had been informed there were problems that needed to be addressed before the city would approve the construction.

“We told Mr. Walker,” the city inspector advised. Humber walked the inspector through the small portable building before arriving at the decision to shut down the fruit stand until the electrical power confusion could be straightened out.

“(The inspector) didn’t say we had to close,” Humber said. “But he did have some concerns and I wouldn’t feel comfortable having my kiddos in there until everything is all straightened out.”

The electrician called to Odom to review Walker’s work said, in his opinion, the work was shoddy, but no students were likely in harm’s way.

“I wouldn’t say they’re in any danger, but the work’s not done right,” he said. “These kids still need more money to finish this project, and it’s a shame they can’t get it from the district. The money is there; it just got given to the wrong place.”

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Comments

The Anonymous who's hung up on Duyane:

Can you explain why are you still stuck on the Duyane thing? It doesn't matter WHO found the violations at Odom. What matters is that there ARE violations. Any electrician who knows his business would have found them ... which obviously Calvin didn't (or didn't care).

Your arguments about "who" are a diversion from the fact that he has too often performed shoddy work that is way over priced, and you are attempting to place the blame that should be placed squarely on Walker's shoulders onto someone else. If the work had been done correctly in the first place, The Examiner article wouldn't even exist.

Forget Duyane and move on!

to Anonymous

WTH........Walker was not found innocent.....period. There was a mistrial. Not being found guilty does not make you innocent. It was a mistrial and instead of wasting tax payers dollars because of the restrictions put on the prosecution about the contract it was fruitless to go to another trial. A plea deal was made. HE WAS NOT FOUND INNOCENT. Go read the entire plea deal......I do not care who this would have been whether black, white, Hispanic, Asian, of other. If you are a fraud you are a fraud. Calvin Walker stole millions from the citizens of Beaumont. He does not need to be doing business with BISD. How about you name the electrician and I will personally pay them for their time to go out to Odom and asses the situation and tell us what he/she thinks.

You are guilty

D Henderson,
Since we are throwing out the presumption of innocence then I assume you are guilty. I accuse you of heinous crimes against humanity. You are guilty because you were not found innocent. (*sarcasm*)

Submitting a guilty plea bargin is an admission of GUILT

Just saying.

BISD's Walker Electric costs district thousands

Passes 4 to 2, or 4 to 3, or 4 to 1, NEXT

"Anonymous" is a veiled curtain you hide behind.

Dear Anonymous,

"Anonymous" is a veiled curtain that you hide behind. I don't buy one single answer you gave to my questions. The Great and Powerful Oz also stood behind a veiled curtain, so when you are ready to step from behind your curtain, let me know. I'm not sure I understand your reservations about this, because all of the information you have spoken here will serve no purpose in the future. The Walker case is over and he already signed the agreement, in which he, undisputedly, admitted his guilt. Your privileged and secret knowledge is moot.

According to his plea agreement that he signed under section 4b, the records of BISD "included in the wholesale invoices was an invoice for $382,975.32 which had been altered to reflect it was an invoice, when actually the document was a quote and not an actual purchase."

It goes on to state that "similar altered documents from the same electrical supplier matching invoices submitted by the defendant for materials in other projects."

Then, in that same agreement, Walker agrees to this ... "I fully understand the contents of the Factual Basis and Stipulation and agree without reservation that it accurately describes the events and my acts."

It is dated July 17, 2012 and signed by none other than Calvin Walker.

Now, the actual thing they stuck him on was tax evasion, and I understand that. However, as recorded above, he admits that he submitted false invoices, that resulted in over billing the district. In most books that is fraud. Fraud is defined as "a false representation of a matter of fact—whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of what should have been disclosed—that deceives and is intended to deceive another so that the individual will act upon it to her or his legal injury."

He willingly signed an agreement in which he not only admitted guilt to tax evasion, but stated that all in the contents of the FB and S "without reservation ... accurately describes the events and my accounts."

Therefore, it doesn't really matter what Dewayne or Duyane knew in advance, which is the point your are stuck on. Your argument on that contention has no basis regarding the fact that Walker freely admitted that he did the deeds. It has been proven multiple times that he works without permits, works (and has worked) without a valid license, over bills, and does shoddy work on top of it all. This brings me to the conclusion that he should NOT be the electrician for BISD.

Call him what you will based on whatever conclusion that you come to, but a fraud is exactly that ... a fraud!

First of all fraud is fraud

First of all fraud is fraud and it is fairly easy to prove in court. No I am not a lawyer (different from the other blogger), but I for one think it is vital that the government is honest when they try to put someone in prison for a possible 460 years. You can disagree all you wish and that is your right. I don't think I have disputed that at all. What I do have a problem with is all of the hatred and conspiracy theories that every black trustee and the attorney are all corrupt and covering for Walker.... These common people on the Board at BISD are all so intelligent that they have pulled a fast one over the US Attorney and the FBI????? I'm not questioning their intelligence- just trying to show how extremely hard that would be to pull off.
Talk about an unlikely conspiracy. Sometimes people disagree and sometimes they have differing views of what has been going on- that doesn't make them crooks. I think it would be shocking to see the amount of money spent by the government to prosecute and investigate Walker and it may be just as shocking to see the list of federal agencies that were looking into and digging into the whole mess and not one trustee was implicated in any fraud nor was the attorney.
To continue the mudslinging is not helping BISD. If someone has information on fraud, they should be able to take it to the authorities and let them see where it stands- not just get mad and complain to the FBI about an opinion and start in denigrating people. Civility just needs to reign.
I don't think people mind disagreeing, it is the anger and vitriol that make things get out of hand.
You think Walker shouldn't be the electrician and that is respectable. Please don't make the mistake of thinking everyone is evil that disagrees with you. With all of the child molestors and and horrible crimes being committed daily, to keep wasting energy on anger is pretty pointless. I do respect your opinion. All I ask is that you respect others who disagree....

Walker

Anonymous,

I never said or implied that anyone who disagrees with me is evil. I'm really not sure how you got that. I was explaining/defending my opinions just as you did. If it came off, that way it was never my intention.

The facts are the facts. This is why I quoted directly from Walker's plea agreement. The things he indicated his guilt on are much more than just tax evasion.

I have heard too many people claim that they have read or seen nothing that would lead them to believe Walker is guilty of anything. That rhetoric is false and needs to stop. The only board member, and you can add Butch and Chargois to that list, who has ever admitted Walker was guilty of anything was Gwen Ambres ... once! She said he was only guilty of tax evasion, and then she added that if anyone in that packed board had NOT cheated on their taxes, we could clear the room. (Excuse me? I know that's not true for me, but in saying that she virtually admitted her own guilt.)

As for your statement that I shouldn't think that all of the board members were corrupt (in the first pragraph of your reply), does that mean that some may be? That was a curious statement.

I wasn't actually referring

I wasn't actually referring to you in the singular. The mudslinging and name calling though is tiresome. I think the anger has to stop.
Gwen Ambres was making a point about taxes in general and yet you want to say she is admitting guilt.... please stop the silliness. I understood her to be saying that a large number of people have fudged on their taxes and as an adult, I have heard from countless friends and aquaintances who have done exactly that. Keeping receipts for gas and claiming it was for business when it wasn't, exaggerating charity donations, etc... I am sure many other adults have heard people say the same thing and yet because of all the heated rhetoric- all of a sudden she is admitting guilt...
Should all Americans start turning in their friends who have made statements like that or suggesting that they are guilty of something??? That is my point that this starts to sound like a country where telling on commrades about insignificant things is appreciated and encouraged. Has 911 brought us to this point?
Interesting to think that the country was founded partially because of the resentment of heavy taxation and look at us today. Do you think we should call the IRS and have Gwen Ambres investigated for her almost admission of guilt?
I do believe that you and many others are very scrupulous about their taxes as am I. However I do know that the vast majority of people in this country will fudge or exaggerate to lessen their tax burden and it has been shown to be true in numerous polls. If people stopped trying to find problems where there are none, I think BISD will have a chance to do some good things, if not- I think they will disentigrate into more of a mess than they are currently in because of the hatred and insults that fly around.

She did not say Gwen was

She did not say Gwen was guilty of tax evasion. She was saying that Gwen was admitting what Calvin pled guilty to. O other trustee would even do that.

BTW, your example of gas receipts pales in comparrison to Walker not claiming $1.6 million on his taxes. He said his accountant did not add that check to his income. Are we really supposed to believe that he is so out of touch with his business that he failed to recognize $1.6 million missing from his annual revenues? Please do not compare his situation with people who "fudge" on their taxes.

You mistaken our resolve to be hatred, which is a shame. We are not trying to find problems where they do not exist. What we are looking at are real problems that, for some reason, some people are willing to turn their head on. My thought is they are willing to turn their head because Walker is a black man and that is okay with them. Now, don't jump on me for saying that because it is no different than people saying we are after Walker because he is black.

Walker

Thank you, Mike. You are absolutely correct.

AND this is not the "anonymous" to whom my questions were directed in the post that act for answers. Where is that guy??? I think you said his name was Stephens or Stevens? He seems to have gone MIA.

Wonder why?

Bailed after his name popped

Bailed after his name popped up I guess

Hey, how did you know I was Mike? lol

Regarding this thread, it is

Regarding this thread, it is obvious that more than one person is using the nom de plume, "Anonymous". Would the moderator please require that real names be used in order to comment? Thank you.

Obvious?

Paranoid much? So when two different people can see the same common thread within these comments; that is Calvin Walker was found innocent of 37 charges of fraud, yet the majority of replies believe Mr. Walker is still guilty, then those two must be the same?

Do some research. He was

Do some research. He was never found innocent.

Presumed Innocent

The presumption of innocence, sometimes referred to by the Latin expression Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat (the burden of proof lies with who declares, not who denies), is the principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty. The 37 counts of fraud were dropped because the prosecution could not prove guilt (read the judges instruction to the jurors). Therefore Calvin Walker was innocent before the trial and is innocent after the trial. Don't make me do your homework for you again.

Dear Perplexed, I am not

Dear Perplexed,
I am not sure if you have figured out yet that the presumption of innocence does not apply when one has been charged with 37 counts of fraud and also happens to be a black male from Southeast Texas. This idea is ridiculed and laughed at and if anyone actually believes something this arcaic, they happen to be idiots or crooks. Thank you for the latin lesson though!

I guess not

Anonymous,

I suppose you are right because why else would certain people be so adamant that Calvin Walker is guilty when he has not been proven so in a court of law? I would think if this were in the old west that certain people would have already taken the law into their own hands and pronounced sentence and executed their own judgement. Thank goodness the law still works!
It makes me wonder what is the agenda by this "lynch mob" because it certainly isn't justice. These postings also reminds me of a scripture passage "And why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother' s eye; and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye?" Matt. 7:3

What you confuse is the legal

What you confuse is the legal aspect and the business aspect. Calvin was not found guilty in court. However, from a business standpoint, the fact that he admitted to submitting quotes as if they were invoices and accepted payment for them is enough for most people to never want to do business with him again. In my position, I do to need him to be found guilty to make me want to cut ties from him. All I need to see is his invoices and other paperwork to make that decision.

Let me ask you a question. When the city said we had to rewire the temporary campuses, all the electrical lines were run through conduit on the ground. When Calvin took out all the electrical wiring when the campuses were closed down, he charged the district $20,000 for bucket truck rental for just one campus. That is 160 hours of bucket truck time. Why would it take 160 hours of bucket truck use to take electrical line from the GROUND? I am sure some was needed for a few things, but 160 hours?

Can you think of a reason for this? I can't and the district has refused to give any reason why the person in charge of electrical work in the district would actually sign off on this or why the business office would even cut the check.

Please share your thoughts on this with us.

Who approved

I could care less of the business aspect since we are talking about an innocent man being railroaded?
Who approved the invoices Calvin submitted? Regardless whether the $20,000 for the bucket truck was legitimate, WHO APPROVED OF THE INVOICES? It would be similar to me quoting you $10,000 to put a 110V outlet in your house. Even though the quote is outrageous if you review the bid and then pay it who is to blame? I'm sure your bosom buddy (Mr. Hermann) wouldn't have charged that amount either? :o)
The simple solution would be to not renew Mr. Walker's contract if his prices are so outrageous. I guess the judge believed Calvin could still perform work for BISD.

We are not talking about an

We are not talking about an innocent man being railroaded, we are talking about a contractor who continues to rape our school district and is allowed to get away with it. BTW, I am concerned about the business aspect because we do business with Calvin, no use him to teach.

I 100% agree with your question about who approved the charges. That is what I I tend to find out. There is no doubt that ethereal is involvement inside the district. Whether they receive money, or just turn their head because they are instructed to, it is wrong.

I don't buy into the thought that it is not his fault if BISD agrees to pay for it. It is fraud if he charges for more hours than were worked or charges for equipment rental that was not used. He has a legal contract with the district.

What is sad is people like you who make excuses for him. Some have told me that it is a culture thing that I do not understand. Some have said that it is because many applaud a black man that has "gotten his" or beat the system. I say that it does not matter. Wrong is wrong.

Perplexed, It may not be your

Perplexed,

It may not be your concern to worry about the business aspect of Walker's and BISD's dealings (as evidenced by their repeated renewing of his contract), but it is Mr. Neil's. He is a board member who is working in the best interest of the district and students. He takes his job very seriously because of it.

People who think like you still don't get the fact that every dollar we pay for shoddy work or have been bilked out of by Walker is money out of the same coffers that pays for the education of BISD students. In all of this hubbub about Walker, never have you defended the children. Never!

If you would focus on the children, you wouldn't be so adamant about contracting with a man who was found guilty of tax evasion of millions of dollars and does shoddy work that he over bills for. If the board members were focused on the children, Walker would not even be a topic of discussion because he would be gone. They, like you, SHOULD worry about a district diving toward insolvency head first with eyes closed, instead of hiring a man who has been proven to have a shady character time and time again, robbing the district of money that should have been marked for the kids.

Yet, these board members continue to rehire him and you continue to defend him regardless of these facts, and they ARE facts. This is why we want to replace those that continue to hire Walker. They are directly responsible for overseeing the finances of the district, by definition of their elected duties, a fact that seems to have been lost by board president, Reece, et al.

Stop making this about color and make it about our children, the future of all of our tomorrows.

Do your own homework. The

Do your own homework. The Feds dropped the... Never mind, you know the story. You just tell it the way you do because it is easier for you to defend Calvin.

Odd how you post that someone

Odd how you post that someone is taking shots at you when you have no problem describing the black trustees in support of Walker and anyone else as idiots, corrupt, on the take or covering for someone... or people who may be in support of Melody Chappel as clueless and revel in the denigration of your own attorney... it does seem as if you have taken a large number of "shots" at people in order to besmirch their charcter and reputations... but, that is the way I see it.
I think that your bragging about the other trustees wanting to take you to the DA in the executive sessions is rather telling. I wouldn't mistake their tolerance of your abuse as weakness though, but again, that is just me. Feel free to do as you wish. I know that I would not desire to be around you at the board meetings or in session and rather than disturbing you- it seems to fill you with pride and you know what they say about pride....

People have taken shots at me

People have taken shots at me for 3 years. I have told many that is what happens when you are outspoken.

Thank you for allowing me to do as I wish because Jim think I will continue to do so.

US Attorney

I hope that Mr Neil can understand that the US Attorney more than likely should not be giving out inside information in a case- I would think any case.
I understand why he believes Duayne Hermann knowing about the sealed indictments and the switching of judges prior to the unsealing of the indictments is not a problem when he stated that he got his information from the FBI and the US Attorney. He was being told information about the Walker case by a US Attorney. It does seem as if the US Attorney Office here in Beaumont has kept the pot stirred up against Calvin Walker and it makes me wonder why.
I do appreciate Mr. Neil's zest for the truth, but using a competitor of Walker's to denigrate the work performed is not very fair and then to call the trustees who supported Walker all crooks or on the take doesn't seem very reasonable. I can speak for myself and state that I never took a dime from anyone and I support Calvin Walker fully. It seems that the blog atmosphere that has been stirred up suggests that anyone who supports the man is on the take and I think that is hogwash.
May I suggest that you do publicly tell the other board members at the next board meeting which US Attorney told you what you have claimed and when he told you this opinion and what else he told you. I for one find it interesting. I sincerely hope that Woodrow Reese, a fellow trustee who it seems you think is covering for Calvin Walker or on the take, sees fit to ask you at the meeting if you neglect to tell everyone.
I would also like to suggest that there may have been a lot more money stolen than you are aware of and the amounts you keep screaming about are miniscule to the amounts that were really taken by I would believe other people unrelated to Walker.
Perhaps you could start with the water lines that were laid out to where the new stadium was built and how all of that transpired. I tried to tell the FBI but unfortunately they were so transfixed on Calvin Walker, they did not want to hear it. Please ask the FBI what other information they were enlightened about and ignored, claiming that the people involved were friends and they could never do anything like that when it came to the mishandling of bond monies. It may interest you if you really want to dig into corruption of federal monies.
There is information available if your true interest is finding true corruption, but you have to take the blinders off about Calvin Walker. I tend to believe that the federal agents may have focused on Walker and completely ignored the real corruption that was going on right under their nose. I also wonder why they ignored good information on major corruption and kept the focus strictly on Walker. It almost seems as if the friendships in Beaumont are more important than finding the truth.

I will reply to several of.

I will reply to several of. Your posts all at once. Some of our replies to each other are hard to read because the column is too thin. I will reply separately to your post about racism because I want others to be able to read what I am replying to.

First of all, I did not comment and run. I have been off the blog for a day (or two). It has been a busy holiday weekend.

Second, the attorney i talked to was Michael Lockhart. No need to have Woodrow ask about this. i spoke about the conversation at a public board meeting months ago. We spoke after the plea deal was accepted, not during or before the trial as you want to make it sound. Please don't be like Jessie and add a word when quoting me so the new quote fits your argument. My previous comment was that a US attorney told me that the districts love of Calvin was hard to overcome. You turned this into the US attorney saying the love of Calvin "was going to be" hard to overcome. My comment was about a conversation I had with the US Attorney's office AFTER the trial when I was asking about wether the timeline had passed to try to get $2 million back to the district. Your rewriting what I said makes it sound like I talked to the attorneys BEFORE or DURING the trial. I never talked to anyone associated with the trial except when I met with the FBI to report additional information about Calvin. In that meeting they were extremely tight-lipped about the trial that was coming up. The way you misrepresented my conversation makes me wonder about your claims of leaks to Dwayne.

As far as me thinking the other trustees must have something to do with Calvin or are covering for someone involved, I back that opinion. However, it is strictly an opinion. Concerning their refusal to have the USAttorney help us get the $2 million back, that is irresponsible. My thought is that did not want to be publicly shown what the attorney had on Calvin. Trust me, only an idiot would hear this evidence and still think he was legit.

Who would you suggest we get to come to the Odom campus and give an opinion of what it should cost? Every electrician is a competitor of Calvin. I tell you what, I will get another one down there and let you know if the answer is any different. As far as my relationship with Dwayne, as I said, I only personally met him about 3 months ago. My trust in him is based off what others have said about him. Please point out where I said anything different about this situation.

I have no doubt that others stole from the bond money. I have never claimed otherwise. As I previously stated, Tom and I have asked for an audit before but the other trustees do not care to have one. Why would that be? We will be bringing this up again soon. Thanks for the tip on the water lines. I will look into that.

I assure you I have no blinders on about Calvin. We are pursuing everything we can as far as corruption goes. Maybe the FBI did nothing about your concerns because you gave them no proof like what was given to them about Calvin.

Finally, you insinuated that our overseeing of Calvin Walker is at someone's request. I assure you I act independent of any other person. I have the ability and personal I temerity to be my own man.

You and Tom invited Duayne

You and Tom invited Duayne Hermann out to inspect his competitor and surely that rang a bell with you with all of the publicity Duayne garnered when the investigation was still fairly new. Tom had to have known Duayne's previous involvement in the case.
I don't think that the US Attorney is giving you orders at all. I do believe that if you are referring to a conversation that took place prior to the sentencing with the US Attorney, they should have been just as tight lipped as you claim the FBI was. I would think that it has influenced you. The constant stirring of the pot makes the dropping of the charges mean nothing.
You can believe what I have said about Duayne Hermann because I told the FBI immediately and it is hard to explain how he knew about the sealed indictments, the switching of judges, which agencies were involved and other information and claimed to have been told by the US Attorney and the FBI. Prehaps they were not so tight lipped then.
Just as you claim to have gone back to the FBI complaining about Calvin Walker because you do not trust him- I and I would think many others do not trust what the US Attorney has to say.
As far as only an idiot hearing the evidence and not believing Walker was guilty- a jury of twelve people heard the evidence presented to them and could not find him guilty of anything.
Your constant accusations of the other trustees is tiresome. I don't believe they are on the take at all. I think they are in disagreement with you and
have their own valid reasons. Prehaps you should try to hear what they are saying.
I also find it disturbing to hear Melody Chappel denigrated so often. I think she said it best (last October) when she said that the US Attorney Office seemed to have a disconnect and I think she was referring to their thought process.
It seems as if anyone who disagrees with you and your friends is an idiot, corrupt, on the take or covering for someone. You are applauded by a vocal group of people and yet many others would describe this as bullying tactics.
I still think that you should bring your evidence of them being on the take or stop the constant mudslinging.

Duyane, Dewayne, Dwane, or Duane??

Anonymous,

Why are you still stuck on the Duyane thing? It doesn't matter WHO found the violations. What matters is that there ARE violations. Any electrician who knows his business would have found them ... which obviously Calvin didn't (or didn't care).

Your arguments about "who" are a diversion from the truth, and you are attempting to place the blame that should be placed squarely on Walker's shoulders on someone else.

Also, we are not concerned with the race of Walker and the board members in question, but you sure are! Why can't you see corruption, or the possibility of it, for what it actually is?

I am sure you can read, but

I am sure you can read, but you have an obvious problem with understanding what you read.

I said the conversation I had with the US attorney was after the plea deal was accepted. Yet, you post about a conversation being had before the sentencing. Big difference.

You also post that I spoke to the FBI because I don't trust Calvin despite me posting that I spoke to them about additional information that I had on Calvin. Another big difference.

The jury could not find him guilty because they were told that they could not co sider the maintenance contract he had with the district. The judge saying they could not consider this does not mean it was not done under the terms of the contract. Calvin billed according to the contract and BISD paid and later audited it under the terms of the contract. If BISD did not use that contract, then they let him do the jobs, without going through the bidding process, without any contract. That creates even more questions about how that was pulled off.

If the trustees have their own valid reasons for backing Calvin then maybe they should reveal those reasons. Saying he didn't do anything and that the only thing he did was pay taxes late are both complete lies.

The denigration of Melody will continue as long as she continues to do what she does. I have caught her in several lies and we will continue to call her out.

No actually there is not a

No actually there is not a difference. Walker took a deal around the July time frame and wasn't sentenced until December of 2012. I can read very well thank you.
If you went to the FBI it is because you think he did something wrong and you don't trust him. You seem to think that you went to the FBI because you did trust him prehaps???
The trial is over and the charges have been dropped. You can keep blogging about how you wanted a fair trial for Calvin and yet the fact that it did not turn out your way continues to anger you.... you keep retrying the case and shouting about all of the other trustees who had the audacity to disagree with you being idiots, corrupt, on the take or covering for someone...
Here is where you are twisting things. The other trustees stating that Calvin was not found guilty of one single charge is just as valid as your complaint that he wasn't completely exonerated. Walker went through a trial and it is not wrong for the trustees to put their faith in the fact that the jury could not find him guilty and the judge stated that the maintenance contract did not apply- no matter how much you scream that whatever Clark said means nothing.
Bragging about denigrating Melody Chappel just doesn't seem fair minded. I doubt you have caught her in any lies. You may disagree with her most of the time and I am sure you do- however, that is not a reason to denigrate anyone and surely isn't something to brag about.
I honestly don't know how the other trustees and Melody Chappel and the new super tolerate the constant harassment and bullying... sooner or later it has to end if BISD is going to do anything of good. Making yourself out to be a hero who was elected to denigrate other trustees or the attorney is wearing old and it does smack of racism. When the peanut gallery is cheering you on, remember that if you were ever to be taken to court and asked to explain yourself- they won't be anywhere around. No I don't know anything about a lawsuit. It's just that so many have flown around BISD and I am not sure how much the trustees and Melody are expected to take of your constant allegations before they have no other recourse but to ask a judge to provide relief....

You are correct that there is

You are correct that there is a difference about the time between the plea being accepted and the final sentencing. Where you are wrong in your previous post is about the US Attorney needing to be tight lipped. The plea was public knowledge and was in the paper. The conversation I had with Mr. Lockhart was pertaining to a letter all the trustees received. You started this whole thing off talking about me receiving leaked information, which is completely false.

Why did you seem to skip over the way you changed the wording of a post I made to make it appear the attorney told me they would have trouble overcoming BISD's support of Walker?

Concerning Melody, go listen to the Oct 2012 meeting you have referred to and you will hear one of Melody's lies. She has lied to us several times. I don't trust the woman, that has been made clear in public meetings.

Trust me when I say that they would have already sought relief if they had anything to seek. They have threatened several times in executive session to take me to the DA and I have welcomed them to do so. So far it has all been hot air.

As far as me bullying or harassing anyone, I consider it holding their feet to the fire. That is what I will continue to do when I think it is needed.

If you disapprove of the way I conduct myself in my elected position, I suggest you find someone to run who can beat me. I ran the first time as a critic of the district's leadership. The people who opposed me should have found someone who wanted to run against me. My opponent, who I have huge respect for, stated that she entered at the last minute because people approached her. Find someone who really wants to beat me and run them. Better yet, why not step out of the shadows and run for your district's seat. It is easy to be anonymous and sit back and take shots at those who come forward Mr. Stevens.

I'm also NOT Jessie Haynes' OR a Walker Associate

I just wanted to point out that I am not an associate of BISD and definitely not Jessie Haynes or someone that works for Walkers Electric. You can trust me on that because I signed my name anonymously.

Also, remember that not being found guilty is exactly the same as being found to be innocent, even if Calvin wasn't declared innocent on any charges except one. Its the same thing. I know for a fact. You can trust me. I'm a lawyer.

Melody Chappel is well worth the money. She keeps BISD from harm by having to comply with state and Federal laws and she should paid even more. Just because of things like the Freedom of Information Act & things doesn't mean you should get any information about BISD you request in a timely manner no matter what the law says. Thats what good lawyers are for.

I don't think your are

I don't think your are associated with BISD or Walker. I think you are an ex-husband of someone in the FBI. However that is just a hunch.

Not being found guilty is NOT the same thing as being found innocent as far as a hung jury is concerned and you know it. If it was the same as being found innocent then you would not be allowed to retry the case. You don't have to be an attorney.

Anyone who thinks Melody should be paid more is clueless. And for you to be an attorney and then go on to say "no matter what the law says" is very revealing about you. The fact is that the law does require the district to provide documents I request as an elected official. Take it up with the people in Austin if you have a problem with that.

I am fairly certain the

I am fairly certain the blogger was being facetious.... why all of the anger? Some people do support Melody Chappel and it does not make them clueless. Honestly- the use of terms like idiots, clueless, covering up, crooks, etc... are inflammatory and do nothing to help the district move forward. Why is it so hard to give people who respect Chappel the decency of not calling them clueless or the people who don't believe Walker is guilty of fraud the respect of not calling them idiots or any of the other terms you use....
I for one find your anger very revealing about what type of person you are. Whoever blogged this comment was actually poking fun at Melody and I doubt was a lawyer- if you weren't so angry I think you could have seen that....

BISD

I agree that postings aren't being written in a respectful way. we have to come together to fix the problem. Yes, we have different parties, but we all want what is right. Let's have respect for each other.

I have no doubt that the

I have no doubt that the blogger was serious in his comments about Melody. There is no anger on my side. However I refuse to let an anonymous blogger make the claim that I received, or was leaked, information from the Feds that I was not entitled to have.

As far as the way I feel about people who support Walker, if anyone could actually publicly give a reason that they support him I would not have a problem with that. But, don't insult the community by saying he has not done anything wrong, charged legitimate prices, has done quality work or are problem with him is that he is black. None of those are legit statements.

Again, I think the blogger probably is an attorney, does think Melody has done a good job and deserves more money and is the ex-husband of a person in the FBI. Read all the posts and you may see why I say that.

I will reply to several of.

I will reply to several of. Your posts all at once. Some of our replies to each other are hard to read because the column is too thin. I will reply separately to your post about racism because I want others to be able to read what I am replying to.

First of all, I did not comment and run. I have been off the blog for a day (or two). It has been a busy holiday weekend.

Second, the attorney i talked to was Michael Lockhart. No need to have Woodrow ask about this. i spoke about the conversation at a public board meeting months ago. We spoke after the plea deal was accepted, not during or before the trial as you want to make it sound. Please don't be like Jessie and add a word when quoting me so the new quote fits your argument. My previous comment was that a US attorney told me that the districts love of Calvin was hard to overcome. You turned this into the US attorney saying the love of Calvin "was going to be" hard to overcome. My comment was about a conversation I had with the US Attorney's office AFTER the trial when I was asking about wether the timeline had passed to try to get $2 million back to the district. Your rewriting what I said makes it sound like I talked to the attorneys BEFORE or DURING the trial. I never talked to anyone associated with the trial except when I met with the FBI to report additional information about Calvin. In that meeting they were extremely tight-lipped about the trial that was coming up. The way you misrepresented my conversation makes me wonder about your claims of leaks to Dwayne.

As far as me thinking the other trustees must have something to do with Calvin or are covering for someone involved, I back that opinion. However, it is strictly an opinion. Concerning their refusal to have the USAttorney help us get the $2 million back, that is irresponsible. My thought is that did not want to be publicly shown what the attorney had on Calvin. Trust me, only an idiot would hear this evidence and still think he was legit.

Who would you suggest we get to come to the Odom campus and give an opinion of what it should cost? Every electrician is a competitor of Calvin. I tell you what, I will get another one down there and let you know if the answer is any different. As far as my relationship with Dwayne, as I said, I only personally met him about 3 months ago. My trust in him is based off what others have said about him. Please point out where I said anything different about this situation.

I have no doubt that others stole from the bond money. I have never claimed otherwise. As I previously stated, Tom and I have asked for an audit before but the other trustees do not care to have one. Why would that be? We will be bringing this up again soon. Thanks for the tip on the water lines. I will look into that.

I assure you I have no blinders on about Calvin. We are pursuing everything we can as far as corruption goes. Maybe the FBI did nothing about your concerns because you gave them no proof like what was given to them about Calvin.

Finally, you insinuated that our overseeing of Calvin Walker is at someone's request. I assure you I act independent of any other person. I have the ability and personal I temerity to be my own man.

Interesting

This is interesting. Since I'm not from Beaumont I googled Beaumont stadium bond and found at that in 2007 $388.6 million bond package was approved by voters.
Are you suggesting that there was fraud and theft associated with the bond money? If so it would make any accusations against Calvin Walker seem minuscule in comparison.

Nothing makes what Calvin

Nothing makes what Calvin does minuscule. However, I do believe there was much more corruption than just in that situation.

Nothing makes what Calvin

Nothing makes what Calvin does minuscule. However, I do believe there was much more corruption than just in that situation.

Mr. Dick Deguerin and Calvin Gary Walker

There is no conceivable way Calvin Gary Walker could afford the services of Mr. Dick Deguerin. So, the question is, who really hired and payed Dick Deguerin?

It is odd how the bloggers

It is odd how the bloggers can dream up a scenario that unknown people paid for Dick Deguerin and there is a huge coverup going on to protect Calvin Walker and those associated with him.
The truth of the matter is amazing. When Duayne Hermann was used to denigrate Walker it made me angry that a man who bragged about his inside knowledge of the prosecution on his competitor is on the attack again.
If Duayne Hermann denied the leaks or telling people that he got his information from the US Attorney and the FBI he was lying during a federal investigation and I think stands to have charges brought on him. If Bob Rawls stated that he was never told about the leaks, he is lying and I would think charges could be brought on him for lying during a federal investigation. If Scott Bauer lied that the FBI was not told about the leaks prior to the indictments being made public, he would be lying and again it would be during a federal investigation.
It seems to me that when Neil claims that the US Attorney told him that the case would have a large problem because of the love BISD had for Calvin Walker- it was disingenuous from the US Attorney. I think perhaps the feds in this case do not want anyone to actually look at how they handled the investigation and the prosecution.
Could that be the real reason that the attack is on again with Calvin Walker? The man would have to be a fool to fraud the government after he just finished a huge prosecution effort and in fact is still dealing with the effects of that prosecution. It seems to me that there are plenty of people who should be looked at right now and it is not Calvin Walker.
Could some of the people who may have lied during the investigation be encouraging the Neils and Hermanns of Beaumont to run to the TEA or any other agency so that Calvin Walker is continually denigrated and what they did is never brought to light. You already have Neil stating what the US Attorney was telling him and I am betting that he was told much more and I wonder if that may be why he is so confident in slandering the other trustees with no proof.
Justice is not a game and when people lie during a federal investigation it should be taken seriously.

You are just plain full of

You are just plain full of crap. You are nothing more than a conspiracy theorist trying to deflect the heat that is on your old buddy Calvin.

When you can find any place where I said what you claim I said, please lead me to the statement. Try posting what is actually said without words added to it to fit your agenda.

If, if, if...that is all you have. I seriously your claims about Dwayne are about as valid as your claims about me.

By all means I suspect that

By all means I suspect that you will go out of your way to protect Duayne. He knew about the sealed indictments, the switching of judges, which agencies were involved and more before the indictments were unsealed. Whether you believe me or not is really immaterial and I wouldn't expect less of you. Standing firm for a man you just met three months ago in a grocery store...
Seeing as how you doubt what I have stated- I will state that I refuse to believe that your continual denigration of Melody Chappel is warranted and I highly doubt you caught her in any lies. I also doubt your claims that the other trustees that did not agree with you are corrupt or idiots or covering for someone.
Again, your bullying act wears very thin. It seemeth that thou doth protest much and telling me that I am full of crap may be your way of trying to describe your own motives....

I like the way you think

Anonymous,

What I hope will be revealed in the future is why Neil is still believing Calvin is guilty when a JURY found him INNOCENT of 37 charges of fraud? Why the witch hunt? Why does Neil trust a competitor of Calvin Walker, a man (Mr. Hermann) whom he met just recently? Is it possible that high ranking officials in the city were (or had been) committing fraud in connection with the BISD bond monies while Calvin Walker was being dragged through the mud on charges of fraud that could not be proven in a court of law? Does this all boil down to the Calvin Walker trial being a diversionary tactic to obscure greater amounts of fraud committed by a circle of influential friends in the city of Beaumont? Could this Mr. Hermann (competitor of Calvin Walker) have been used as a means to instigate the accusations of fraud against Calvin Walker? The more comments I read as an outside the more questions I have and the more answers I hope will be forthcoming. Anonymous, you might have the makings of a New York Bestseller on your hands.

Perplexed, Walker was never

Perplexed, Walker was never found innocent as you seem to think he was. It was a hung jury.

I trust Hermann based of of his longtime friendship with my brother and Tom Neild. He has never given me a reason to doubt him.

How any high ranking CITY official could be involved in the DISTRICT bond money is beyond me. However, if there was an involvement that you think we are covering up, why would Tom and I be calling for a full audit by an independent auditor. That does not make sense. There is no diversion. If any friend of mine was involved in defrauding the district I will go after them just like I have gone after Calvin.

Duayne Hermann was a longtime

Duayne Hermann was a longtime friend of your brother's and you met him three months ago in a grocery store and you trust him implicitly to check the work of a competitor who you must have known he had previously reported to the FBI and bragged in the local papers about repeatedly.... what an odd story. Could be true, just odd....
Why you would think dragging Duayne Hermann out to the job site was a good idea is beyond me. Duayne must have thought there were issues because he wanted to remain the unnamed electrician. Odd how he sought out the publicity before and now he wants to shy away about it.
I shall agree to not blog anymore... I think all that can be said has been said and it is now becoming repetitious. By best to your efforts at BISD and I sincerely hope that the entire district can benefit from the trustees working together for the betterment of all people....

No doubt on the repetition

No doubt on the repetition of our comments. Have a good evening.

And you point

And you point is.....what?
Calvin Walker was found not guilty of fraud.
Time will tell who will be the real culprits of fraud.

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