After being indicted last month on two counts of felony theft and one count of public contract fraud and malfeasance in office, the former head of DeSoto Parish Schools, 79-year old Walter Lee of Shreveport, is accused of breaking more state law. An independent audit released earlier this week mirrors the findings of state auditors last month. The report alleges Lee double billed expenses to the school district and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, of which he’s a member, from 2009-12.
he indictments accuse him of failing to reimburse the school system around $4-thousand for fuel expenses. The other count is over $15-hundred charged for lodging and meals.
DeSoto Parish Attorney Richard Johnson said Lee would have his first court date March 5.
The public contract fraud is connected to Lee’s early return of a leased vehicle, which cost taxpayers $10,000 because of an early termination fee and the lease of a higher-priced vehicle. Malfeasance is alleged by Lee’s performance of his duties as superintendent in an “unlawful manner.” State and independent auditors also cited Lee for self-approved raises not authorized by the DeSoto Parish School Board.
Since new superintendent Cade Brumley took over the DeSoto Parish School System in 2012, he’s inherited a number of unrelated instances of mis-management of funds. These included the taking of concession money; non-payment of invoices resulting in the school’s bank account being overdrawn; no receipts submitted for fuel purchases made with fuel cards or odometer readings; coaches using fuel cards to put gas in personal vehicles.