Calvin Walker alleges bid rigging at BISD

Calvin Walker alleges bid rigging at BISD

Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker issued an April 16 letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams alleging three former BISD employees attempted to tamper with the bid process to keep him from doing business with the school district in 2006. One of the employees Walker names, former purchasing director Patty Attaway, says in actuality it was to Walker’s benefit the bids were tampered with in 2006, the year Walker was first awarded the BISD electrical contract that has since resulted in millions of dollars in payments to Walker’s Electric Company.

Walker alleges that in 2006, BISD business office employees – finance director Jane Kingsley, assistant superintendent Terry Ingram, and purchasing director Attaway – tried to keep his company from acquiring the BISD electrical contract because the trio wanted to secure business with a different company. In contrast, Attaway said Walker was not originally the lowest bidder and would not have been awarded the BISD contract had it not been for the “miraculous” appearance of a subsequent Walker bid that found its way into Attaway’s bid packet folder after the bidding had closed. With the immaculate conception of the second bid, Walker was able to undercut the low bidder already noted by Attaway’s office by approximately 25 cents an hour, Attaway said.

He said

In the April 16 letter to TEA Commissioner Williams, Walker said he wanted to set the record straight as to his ties with the Beaumont Independent School District and why he felt BISD’s current troubles trace back to him. Walker addressed Commissioner Williams as having “heard my name a few times since you’ve been in office,” but insisted that his nefarious reputation only had its genesis with vengeful competitors, asserting that, “I can assure you all of this madness was generated because I obtained BISD’s electrical contract.”

In Walker’s version of events, “It all began in May 2006 …

“BISD posted a REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) in the newspaper for maintenance/repair of electrical services. I placed a bid along with three other contractors. … because no one ever bid on the contract against the IBEW (the electrical contractor of record was Gold Crest) before, they were sure no one was ever going to bid against them. Well, they were wrong. In fact, Walker’s Electric was the lowest bidder. Instead of Kingsley enforcing her rules she placed on the front of the bid proposal, she contacted Gold Crest and told them a company called Walker’s Electric under bid them (all). Jane (Kingsley) would not issue me the contract at that time. She stated some of the contractors did not sign the bid and others forgot to place their insurance requirements in the packets.”

Walker asserted to Commissioner Williams that grassroots lobbying by hatemongers in Beaumont has led to the smearing of his good name by “all of the media outlets – newspaper, radio, television – law enforcement, including the U.S. Attorneys office. Since I was awarded this contract, they have thrown the BBB, IBEW, FBI, state comptroller, TDLR, LBB, IRS and a few others, and now the TEA.”

Walker told Williams that, “I’m not trying to play a race card here, but we wouldn’t have a race card had they not put it in the deck in the first place.

“It’s clear they feel the only real way to take down a black man is to use another black man.”

She said

Former purchasing director Attaway said Walker was indeed told that he would not be awarded the contract in 2006 – but the main problem was not red tape. She said it was the fact that she believed someone tampered with the bid packet and inserted a revised bid proposal from Walker that was drastically different from the bid provided while the bid was still open.

“I was purchasing agent for BISD from August 1984 until Nov. 14, 2007,” Attaway told The Examiner. “I have a much different recollection of the events that transpired during the May 2006 bid. I was absent due to illness the day of the bid opening. The next morning after the bid opening, my secretary came to me very upset and explained what had transpired.

“My secretary had opened the bids at the appointed time. Mr. Walker was the only bidder in attendance. After the bids were read, Mr. Walker told my secretary he had turned in the wrong copy of his bid and had left the correct copy at home. He wanted to go home and get it and bring it back. She told him no, that she could not accept any bids after the bid opening and he would have to come back in the morning and talk to Mrs. Attaway.

“He requested copies of the bids, which were now considered public information. She went down to the copier room, removed the staples from each bid, copied them, then paper clipped the bids back together because there was no stapler in the copy room. She came back to the office, handed Mr. Walker his copies and put the paper clipped original bids back into the bid folder. Based on the paper clipped bids my secretary had copied for Mr. Walker, he was not the lowest bidder.

“About an hour or so later, she was leaving work at the end of the day. She encountered Mr. Walker in the hall talking to one of the BISD Accounts Payable clerks. She thought it was odd he was still in the building. After she had clocked out, she got concerned because she had left the bid folders on the credenza behind her desk. She returned to her office and put the bid folder into the large file cabinet behind her credenza. She could not get the cabinet to lock.

“The next morning when she came to work, she took the folder out of the cabinet and discovered a second bid had magically appeared in the file overnight. Ironically it was stapled and not paper clipped like all the other bids in the folder. Mr. Walker’s new bid form miraculously had a bid price for the journeyman hourly rate that was slightly under the lowest bid that was opened the day before. I think it was 25 cents an hour lower on journeyman electricians.

“The really odd thing was the original bid Mr. Walker had submitted on the bid opening day was still in the bid folder and still paper clipped together. We now had two completely different bid forms with different prices from Mr. Walker on the same bid. I believe his original bid form made him the fourth lowest bidder and his second bid form (discovered in the file the day after the bid opening) made Mr. Walker the lowest bidder.

“Can you see my dilemma?”

Attaway said that after reviewing the bids with her staffer, Walker arrived at the BISD Administration Building wanting to talk to the purchasing director.

“When I talked with him, I explained that a second bid had been found that morning and I wasn’t sure what to make of it,” she said. “He was very insistent it had been there at the time of the bid opening. He was very pushy, and I felt he acted suspicious. It made no sense to me that Mr. Walker would turn in two bid forms with different bid pricing for the same bid.

“Both my secretary and I felt certain that Mr. Walker or someone he knew who worked in the Administration Building went into our offices after business hours and placed the second bid in the bid folder. Needless to say, we were both highly upset that someone had tampered with our files after hours, and we took the bid folder to our supervisor, Mrs. Jane Kingsley.

“We were told by Mrs. Kingsley that we could not tell anyone about our suspicions, particularly not to mention it to (Superintendent) Dr. (Carrol) Thomas. I prepared the bid tabulation with the highly irregular two different bids from Mr. Walker. In the process of reviewing all the paperwork and insurance documents attached to all the bids, I discovered a few discrepancies on Mr. Walker’s attachments and on the second lowest bidder’s (who I felt was the true low bidder). There may have even been a slight problem on a third bidder’s information. It was enough for me to be able to throw out the bids for irregularities and go out for a re-bid. To me, it was the only fair solution. Mrs. Kingsley agreed I could go out for a re-bid.”

Attaway said the re-bid process resulted in the other bidders submitting the same bids as before, with Walker submitting his “miracle bid number two.”

“Even though I was convinced Mr. Walker had tampered with files in my office after the first bid, he was the low bidder on the re-bid, so I had no choice but to recommend that the contract be awarded to him,” Attaway lamented.

You decide

“She’s a liar,” Walker said of Attaway’s assertions in an interview with The Examiner on April 23. “Patty Attaway was crooked. Jane Kingsley was crooked. Terry Ingram was crooked.

“They was very crooked back then. The way I gave it in writing … I stand behind that to the day I die.

“For (Attaway) to sit back and say that somehow those records got put in their files some kind of way, they need to do an FBI investigation. They do an FBI investigation on everything else. If they were to find something wrong, they need to pull it out and do something with it.”

Attaway said she did talk to federal investigators from the FBI when the U.S. Attorney’s Office was investigating Walker’s business dealing with BISD in 2011. At that time, investigators were looking into gross overbilling and invoice fraud Walker is alleged to have used to secure more than $3 million of taxpayer money from the school district.

FBI agent Tim Brewer stated that he started investigating Walker’s billing practices in 2010, finding reason to believe the electrical contractor violated several federal statutes – committing mail fraud, wire fraud, embezzlement of funds from an organization receiving federal funds, interstate transportation of funds taken by fraud, and money laundering. Walker was indicted in 2011 on 37 counts of the aforementioned crimes, but when the first trial of Walker ended in mistrial, Walker entered into a plea agreement with the federal government only admitting to failing to timely pay taxes on the millions of dollars received from BISD in 2009.

Walker said he was innocent of the charges launched against him by government officials controlled by political cronies. “I never defrauded the district, and everybody knows it,” he said. “Also, for the records, my taxes were paid on time. We just gave the U.S. Attorney’s Office a way out so they didn’t have to go back to court and make themselves look more like the liars they are.”

Federal investigators did not ask Attaway about Walker’s electrical contract with the school district entered into in 2006, she said, but added that she would be willing to speak with any investigator looking into the contract’s origination.

As far as the vastly conflicting stories of how Walker secured the electrical contract with BISD, Attaway said each individual would have to decide for themselves what story to believe.

“I will leave it to your readers to decide who in this scenario do they find to be the most credible — Patty Attaway or Calvin Walker,” she said.

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Credentials

Is there ANYONE else in this area with those credentials??

A poem in an

A poem in an early-twentieth-century school textbook runs:

"Oho!" said the pot to the kettle;
"You are dirty and ugly and black!
Sure no one would think you were metal,
Except when you're given a crack."

"Not so! not so!" kettle said to the pot;
"'Tis your own dirty image you see;
For I am so clean – without blemish or blot –
That your blackness is mirrored in me."

—Maxwell's Elementary Grammar, 1904

Now I hope no one construes this as being racist!

Lol!

Lol!

Does Walker Really Believe What He Says? MOST DOUBTFUL

“I never defrauded the district, and everybody knows it,” he said. “Also, for the records, my taxes were paid on time. We just gave the U.S. Attorney’s Office a way out so they didn’t have to go back to court and make themselves look more like the liars they are.”

Hopeful

I really hope that Mr Walker did not have to attend many years in the BISD classrooms to learn what he is voluntarily sharing publicly at this point.

Do No Harm ... to Yourself!

Mr. Walker,

I know you don't consider me a friend and are very likely NOT to take my advice (if you even read these comments), but I'm going to give it a try anyway.

You would do yourself a huge favor by not trying to defend or explain yourself ever again. With each attempt you make, you compound the ridiculousness of your "take" on your own conviction and what led up to it and oh so much more. And,yes, I did say conviction. When you sign a document to plead guilty to anything in a court of law, it makes you a convict and a common criminal, no matter how you spin it.

So do yourself no further harm,sir, by shutting the case on your own defense. Mr. DeGuerin, as you suggested, is no longer your lawyer. He pulled himself off of your case after your last court appearance. I'm sure if he were still your lawyer at this time, he would have counseled you to NOT make yourself look even more ludicrous than you already do and reaffirm that fact as you did in your statements to The Examiner and to Commissioner Williams.

And at that point ... were he still your lawyer ... would have fired you as his client.

Retraction re: DeGurerin ...

I understand that I may have misspoken in my previous post when I said that Mr. Walker is no longer a client of Mr. DeGuerin. It was suggested to me that DeGuerin is no longer Mrs. Walker's lawyer. If in fact he does continue to represent the Mr. of the two, I readily apologize for my mistake. I only wish Mr. Walker were honest enough to apologize for his ... but then he'd first have to admit he made one. That's hard to do when he obviously finds no faults in himself and blames everything including all of his woes and that of BISD's on anyone but the one's responsible.

Had Mr. Walker any smarts, he'd realize that he was not selected to be Butch's best buddy and district electrician of contract, but for one reason ... and that would be because he has no smarts and is nothing but a puppet on a string and a yes man to whatever his master ordered and proclaimed. Sad that he has yet to wake up to that. Very sad. But the jester has no clue that he's been played for a fool.

Surgeon General's Warning

Reading Calvin Walker's wild rants may cause your brain to twitch and your IQ to drop. Parents, don't let your children read Calvin or they will turn into blithering idiots.

Poor Calvin

Calvin, you poor thing. You just don't know when to leave well enough alone. Except for missing the dollar amount that the gave up to the Feds, I stand behind everything I said. How convenient that you forgot to tell Michael Berry that you admitted to altering invoices and gave them to the district. Like the federal magistrate said in court the other day, fraud is the only way to describe what you admitted to.

You writing to the commissioner and telling him that you really did pay your taxes on time and that you were trying to keep the Feds from looking like the liars that they really are is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Is it wise to piss off those guys? Someone has you fooled into thinking that you are untouchable. Keep running your mouth and you will probably end up regretting it when they come after you.

Also, you tell Michael Berry one thing about how you paid your taxes and then you tell the commissioner that they were all paid to begin with. Keep your story straight one day.

You may think that Tom, Getz and I are clowns, but we are unravelling the district and its corruption. I know you and some you associate with are neck deep in it. I think I will just sit back and watch the house of cards fall over.

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Mr. Lovelady,

As must as I want to, please don't force me to start pulling out and "posting" documents with people and agencies names on them. Also, magnifying the threats made for what will happen if I don't take the plea deal. Don't push me BECAUSE I WILL. Then you will really hurt these agencies. At this time the public only have my word to work with. Please be advised that the records I have will seal the faith. Trust me, you don't want this out there. "LET IT GO"!!!
As for Patti Attaway, your story is stupid. If your allegations were true, why not bring it to Dr. Thomas? So what you are saying is that You, Jane and Terry decided to do a perfect stranger a favor and not report such actions, RIGHT. Since the FBI is looking into everything else, that needs to be on the list. No, that's right, that's too small. They are still trying to figure out who stole the "BOOSTER CLUB MONEY, AND WHO WORKED ALL OF THAT OVERTIME AND DIDN'T PAY PEPSI". Maybe when the time permits, we will fine out what GHOST went into your file cabinet in the middle of the night and SWITCHED your records. LOL

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For the record - I am not forcing you to do anything. If you wish to "start pulling out and posting documents...." then do so.

Secondly, your assertion I am in some way "magnifying the threats of what will happen..." is a borderline allegation of wrongdoing on my part. This could not be any interpreted in any other way.

My commentary is and shall always be my constitutional right of freedom of expression as interpreted by the US Supreme Court and I choose to exercise that right in any manner be it vocal, print, or otherwise.

Finally, your assertion of me "pushing" you and resulting in "...you (meaning me) will really hurt these agencies." It will not be me that have any responsibility at all. I am merely a concerned citizen of Beaumont expressing opinion and adding commentary to a local story.

To deflect attention to my commentary and alleging it will somehow be my responsibility if certain documents are made public with the possible potential of harm being done is simply ludicrous.

Please DO!

Mr Walker. Please do post whatever documents you have on whomever. I'd like to see you actually do something other than make stuff up & lie.....

The ORIGINAL letter

Dear Mr. Berry:
Listening to your interview with Mr. Mike Neil on yesterday, I could be
wrong, but it appeared as though you had problems with the authenticity
of the information he shared on your station. If not, you should have!!
First things first, who gives up 37 counts and allow someone to plead to
something that has nothing to do with the original charges, unless they
were lying in the first place.
Mike Neil stated there was $3.7 million given up. The Government, in
their press release stated $3.2 million given up, I say, at this time,
you will find nothing. How about everybody just do themselves a favor
and do an open records request and ask someone to show you the money
period.
The Government stated that after they recalculated my taxes for years
2008-2010, I owed over $ 3 million in back taxes. That's what prompted
me to accept the plea agreement in the first place. The money was
suppose to go to "taxes, penalties and interest for tax years 2008, 2009,
and 2010. Not to the Government for some type of buy one. Correct me if
I'm wrong but I thought that was suppose to be illegal anyway. After I
signed the plea agreement and one week before sentencing they stated I
only owed $661.282.00 in back taxes, of which I had already paid a total
of $531,000.00. So really I only owed $130,000.00 in back taxes. The
$130,000.00 was generated because the IRS went back and took all of my
credits away which raised the taxes to that level.
Take these facts and compare to his allegations. You will find that this
agenda is much larger than Calvin Walker, they are thieves. Looks like
these actions are getting blamed on Washington DC, how convenient.
I can back up whatever I am saying, ask them to do the same. If you are
interested in the truth, let's talk.
Mike Neil, Tom Neild, Mike Getz, what a bunch of stupid clowns. Lol
Below is the letter I sent to the commissioner, and of course, no
response.
Dear Commissioner Williams:
I am Calvin Walker, I'm sure you've heard my name a few times since
you've been in office.
Please be advised that I have all supporting documents as to what I am
about to say.
I can assure you all of this madness was generated because I obtained
BISD's electrical contract. It all began in May of 2006. Prior to
Walkers Electric Company winning BISD's electrical contract, GoldCrest
Electric Company had it for 37 years, (get this) without a written
contract.
BISD posted a REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) in the Beaumont Enterprise
newspaper for maintenance/repair of electrical services. I placed a bid
along with three other contractors. At that time BISD was only seeking
the lowest bidder as well as experience. I met all of the qualifications
needed to perform the contract.
Back in 2006 the CFO was Jane Kingsley, the Purchasing Director was Patty
Attaway and the Assistant Superintendent was Terry Ingram in charge of
the contracts. Due to the series of events during the bid process you
can only believe that they had ties to GoldCrest electric company and the
IBEW.
The front of the bid proposal stated: "if you don't sign the bid, if you
don't have all documents or if you leave anything blank, your packet will
be returned to you and you will NOT be able to participate in the bid
process." On the bid opening day, I was the only contractor to show up
to witness the process. Because no one ever bid the contract against the
IBEW before, they were sure no one was ever going to bid against them.
Well, they were wrong. In fact, Walker's Electric was the lowest bidder.
Instead of Kingsley enforcing her rules she placed on the front of the
bid proposal. She contacted GoldCrest and told them a company called
Walkers Electric under bid them. Jane would not issue me the contract at
that time. She stated some of the contractors did not sign the bid and
others forgot to place their insurance requirements in the packets. I
stated, "Everything you required us to have is in my packet so why not
award the contract to me." She stated the request had already gone out
for rebid. So I had to bid again. When the packets came in GoldCrest
had lower numbers than before when the numbers was not the issue, it was
signage and insurance issues. Nevertheless, GoldCrest numbers was still
not low enough which made me the winning bidder for the second time. The
owner of GoldCrest, Gene Vanmeter, contacted the president of the board
Martha Hicks, demanding she not issue me the contract. Mrs. Hicks
declined and I was awarded the contract for the designated two year time
period. That being said, in 2008 I bid again. The IBEW went to the TDLR
(Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations) and filed some bogus
claims against my electrical license. At the same time Jane tried to
slide the contract by me by sending it straight to GoldCrest early and
not saying anything to any other contractor including myself who was
already performing the contract duties.
I found out about her scheme through the electrical supervisor Deral
Ellerbee. He wanted to know why was I not bidding on the contract again
and informed me that it had already been awarded to GoldCrest and that it
was on the agenda going to the board that night for board approval. I
informed Dr. Thomas of Janes actions. Dr. Thomas instructed Jane to
remove that Item from the agenda and properly put it out for bid making
sure that I get a packet. Dr. Thomas ask Jane why did she not put it out
for bid? She said that she forgot.
I bid the contract and won again. She would not place the contract on the
agenda for board approval. I again went to Dr. Thomas and informed him
of her actions. Dr. Thomas asked her why? She indicated that my license
was under investigation. Dr. Thomas ask her did I meet all of BISD's
qualifications right now? She said yes. Dr. Thomas told her to place the
contract on the agenda for that night. She did and I was awarded the
contract again.
In 2010, BISD decided to go with a five year term contract. From the
first year of the five year term to now I've had to fight for the
contract.
All of this madness is driven by the IBEW who has Wayne Reaud as their
lawyer. It appears he has influence over all of these puppets in this
area. That includes all of the media outlets ie. newspaper, radio,
television, law Enforcement, including the US Attorneys office. Since I
was awarded this contract, they have thrown the BBB, IBEW, FBI,STATE
COMPTROLLER, TDLR, LBB, IRS and a few others, and now the TEA.
I'm not trying to play a race card here but we wouldn't have a race card
had they not put it in the deck in the first place.
It's clear they feel the only real way to take down a Black man is to use
another black man.
The TDLR has been fighting against me since 2006 making me spend well
over $150,000.00 just to keep my Master Electrical License that I
rightfully earned. You see, these people are so devious they are telling
people that I have no real experience and that I should not be doing this
work. Well let me enlighten you.
I am an electrical contractor for the entire state of Louisiana and
Texas, with the International association of electrical inspectors, I am
a Master Electrical Inspector for the entire United States, also note
that there are only four in Texas and eighty in the United States. I am
an electrical inspector General with the IAEI, one and two family
dwelling inspector for the IAEI, an electrical Plans Examiner for the
IAEI. I am a commercial and residential electrical inspector for the ICC
(international code counsel), electrical Plans Examiner for the ICC, I am
an NCCER electrical instructor, I worked for the local power company for
20 years, GSU/ENTERGY from 1979 to 1999. As of today I have 34 years
experience in the electrical field. To date, at BISD I haven't as much as
tripped a breaker. My competitors wouldn't agree with that because they
do it all the time.
At this point, I currently still have one year left on the five year term
contract and nothing rightfully allows the contract to be taken away
without repercussions.
In fact, that's what today's discussions are all about, taking my
contract which is what generated this stuff.
I never defrauded the district and everybody knows it. Also, for the
records, my taxes was paid on time. We just gave the US Attorneys office
a way out so they didn't have to go back to court and make themselves
look more like the liars they are.
They misconstrued the "FACTUAL BASIS" that I signed. I said the
documents were "altered" but they were not altered to commit fraud. The
numbers were never changed. I can show you better than I can tell you.
The supplies came from my supply house. I didn't have a cost for the
items on hand so I went to the public supply house to obtain price
quotes. When I was given the quotes on the actual parts used at the
sites, I cut the word "quote" off the document and placed "receipt" in
that place and attempted to send it to my accountant for credit for the
supplies used from my shop. BISD had nothing to do with that
transaction. They received that packet in error. In fact, by the time
BISD received that packet I had already been paid for over a month. At
that time receipts were not a requirement for jobs like the one I
performed. I had given them a flat cost, they accepted the cost, I did
the work and I was paid. Because the contract did not go out for bids
the other side got pissed now this is where we are today.
I would be willing to come to Austin to show you the other side of this
coin, all at my expense. I'm sure you would be surprised and would
probably have a change of heart.
Please allow my Attorney Dick DeGuerin and I to visit you on this issue
before it is final. We've seen the potential board of managers. If you
give any of these people in this area that position, you will be taking
us back to the days I'm sure you and your family wouldn't want to be in,
trust me.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Calvin Walker
Walkers Electric Company
Cell (409)790-6006 Office (409)212-9244

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I read Mr. Walkers story of how he landed that lucrative BISD contract by being the low bidder and his reasoning for all his woes. Well, Mr. Walker's pointing fingers at the BBB, IBEW, TEA, etc... is a weak effort to deflect his alleged wrongdoing by demonizing others.

Mr. Walker's swipe at the IBEW is especially disturbing. As Mr. Walker stated in the article, "no one ever bid on the contract against the IBEW...." Oh really? No one? Not one? Never? Please! Is it logical to assume that no one other than IBEW affiliated contractors? Further is it even believable that ONLY IBEW affiliated contractors would bid on a multi-million dollar contract?

Mr. Walker has bad blood with the IBEW. Perhaps he can take a trip back down memory lane when ( as the story goes he was a member of the IBEW working at GSU or Gulf States Utilities )and tell readers and the public his history with both the IBEW and GSU.

At the end of the day, Mr. Walker seems only to be on the lookout for Mr.Walker. And seems to be willing to say or do anything in order for Mr. Walker to walk away unscathed.

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