Hardwired Electrical Solutions - Calvin Walker registers new business name

Hardwired Electrical Solutions - Calvin Walker registers new business name

Currently under indictment for alleged felonious business practices that resulted in millions of dollars in losses to taxpayers of both Beaumont and Port Arthur as the owner and operator of Walker’s Electric Company, former Beaumont Independent School District electrical contractor Calvin Walker filed to open up an electrical service business last month under a new assumed name.

Filed May 4, Walker is now the proud owner of the business name Hardwired Electrical Solutions, registered at 1520 Park St., Beaumont.

Most recently, the 1520 Park St. address was home to Walker’s Electric, which Walker registered as a business in 2009, naming himself the lone proprietor, according to records with the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office. His assumed name certification on the 2009 business would have been still valid until 2019; however, he withdrew the application roughly two years after he requested the DBA, meaning “doing business as.” He did not withdraw the application for an assumed name registered at the same Park Street locale for Walker’s Exam Service, though, which has a DBA effective until February 2019.

Two days before he filed for the new Hardwired DBA, Walker had received word his civil claims pending in federal court against a litany of Beaumont area businesses, individuals, elected and appointed state and federal officials, media outlets and school district officials and personnel both past and present had been dismissed in their entirety. Walker had claimed an ongoing conspiracy to destroy his reputation, but evidence accepted by the court showed no such conspiracy, and Walker’s claims were dismissed. Some defendants who feel as though they were frivolously targeted by Walker’s litigiousness are now seeking remuneration for attorney’s fees expended to answer the lengthy and costly court proceedings. Walker had initially filed his claim in July 2015.

Less than one month after claiming the DBA for Hardwired, Walker was in Judge John Stevens’ Jefferson County Criminal District Court on Monday, June 5, for a pre-trial hearing to answer the six felony allegations made by the state that could land the defendant in prison for life. According to indictments handed up in the cases in July 2014, Walker is alleged to have defrauded the Beaumont school district and the city of Port Arthur, as well as criminally transferred his ill-gotten loot.


Walker and counsel, Houston attorney Dick DeGuerin, have argued that Walker’s prosecution is tantamount to “double jeopardy,” basically meaning that he is being tried twice for the same crime because he faced similar federal charges in 2011-12. After a trial on the 37-count federal indictment (that included allegations of wire fraud, money laundering and fraud on programs receiving federal funding) ended in a hung jury, Walker escaped a second trial by entering a guilty plea to an unindicted misdemeanor.

In the aftermath, Walker’s Electric, aka Walker Electric, as well as both Calvin and wife Stacy Walker, were barred from doing business with the state, although that did not stop BISD’s former administration from renewing their electrical contract with him even after the plea deal. According to information at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Calvin Walker, his business and successors are still precluded from doing business with the state of Texas until Aug. 28, 2017.

Two years after the plea deal with the federal government, in July 2014, Calvin Walker was subsequently indicted on four state felony charges of securing execution of a document by deception and two felony charges of money laundering. According to the indictments, from Dec. 23, 2008, through Sept. 10, 2009, Calvin Walker submitted fraudulent invoices to both BISD and the city of Port Arthur to receive payments he was not due.

“The fraudulent invoices resulted in Walker being compensated for labor, materials, and other expenses which were never incurred concerning his work as a contractor on various projects (at BISD and in Port Arthur),” information from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office stated upon indictment. Judge Stevens’ ruling that the trial proceed was affirmed by the Ninth Court of Appeals. The Court of Criminal Appeals – the highest criminal appeals court in the state – and the Supreme Court of the United States both ruled they would not hear arguments concerning Walker’s attempt to avoid state prosecution.

Cleared for trial on the state indictments, Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Cory Kneeland, prosecutor on the cases, has indicated he believes justice would be better served with the trial held outside of Jefferson County where years of continuing press coverage and public speculation concerning the pending Walker court cases could taint the jury pool. Kneeland, according to presiding Judge Stevens, should have all requests for any possible move submitted to the court prior to Walker’s next scheduled Sept. 6, 2017, court date.