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BESE member Walter Lee indicted, turns himself in

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Walter Lee turns himself in (source: DeSoto Parish Jail website) Walter Lee turns himself in (source: DeSoto Parish Jail website)
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A DeSoto Parish grand jury indicted BESE Board Member Walter Lee on four counts, including two felony theft charges, public contract fraud and malfeasance in office.

Johnson prepared an arrest warrant, and the judge has signed it. Lee turned himself in just before 1:30 PM Friday. Lee faces up to 17 years in prison and $12,000 in fines if convicted.

Friday's indictment was related to Lee's conduct during his time as superintendent for the DeSoto Parish School System. An state audit released in December showed Lee repeatedly double-billed the system and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, or BESE, for travel and meal expenses between 2009 and 2012.

He also received a favorable buyback rate on his car, a vehicle supplied to him by the school system.

"The actions he took, he did so with legal authority," Lee's attorney, Taylor Townsend, told KTBS 3 News. "He did so, in many instances, with board approval or finance committee approval. He has not done anything in connection with his BESE Board obligations that are a violation of criminal law."

Lee is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 5 for arraignment. Townsend said Lee will plead not guilty.

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