Patricia Lambert sentenced to 40 months in prison

Patricia Lambert

Admitted embezzler and former Beaumont Independent School District assistant superintendent Patricia Adams Collins Lambert was sentenced to spend 40 months in prison and pay back $500,000 in restitution. The charges stemmed from theft from programs receiving federal funds and conspiracy to submit false statements concerning standardized test scores while she was employed with the local school district.

She appeared before federal Judge Thad Heartfield on Wednesday, June 8, who ordered that she be immediately taken into custody to begin serving her sentence. The sentence will be followed by three years supervised release.

Lambert sobbed when told she was being remanded into custody on the same day.

She had pleaded guilty to the charges in December 2015 but contested the penalty she should have to pay for her misdeeds. She was originally charged with theft in an amount exceeding $750,000 and four counts of conspiracy to lie about cheating on state exams, but was able to bargain her way down.

Victoria Steward, Lambert’s former protégé, Central High School math instructor, and BISD administrator, was also sentenced for conspiracy to submit false statements concerning standardized test scores while she was employed with the local school district when she appeared before federal Judge Heartfield on Wednesday, June 8. In exchange for her cooperation, Steward received 36 months probation.

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