Covering Louisiana

Jan 17, 2014 3:12 PM by AP

BESE member facing theft charges

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A state grand jury in northwest Louisiana has indicted Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Walter Lee on theft, fraud and malfeasance charges.

DeSoto Parish District Attorney Richard Johnson says Lee was indicted Friday on charges stemming from his time as superintendent of DeSoto schools. Lee left that job in 2012 but remains on the state board.

Johnson said charges include allegations that Lee failed to reimburse the DeSoto school system for more than $3,900 in fuel expenditures and more than $1,500 in lodging and meals.

Johnson said Lee also allegedly terminated an automobile lease that cost the DeSoto system thousands of dollars, then purchased the car in question at a reduced price.

Phone messages seeking comment from Lee and his attorney were not immediately returned Friday afternoon.

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