Victoria Steward

Patricia Adams Collins Lambert, the former Beaumont Independent School District Assistant Superintendent and Central High School principal who admitted to embezzling $500,000 from the school district and conspiring with others to cheat on state-mandated standardized tests, had one last shot to show a federal judge why she shouldn’t be sentenced to the maximum penalty allowed under a plea deal she arranged with prosecutors in December 2015.

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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.

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Patricia Adams Collins Lambert

May 26, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas added another prosecutor to the sentencing case of former Beaumont Independent School District administrators Patricia Adams Collins Lambert and Victoria Steward. According to a filing at the court, Assistant United States Attorney Robert Wells of Tyler was added as co-counsel in the case.

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Patricia Lambert, Victoria Steward

More than a year after two Beaumont Independent School District administrators were indicted on charges of conspiracy and embezzlement related to cheating on standardized tests and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from not only the school district but also students and their parents alike, the pair are inching closer to prison time.

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Victoria Steward

After a multi-count indictment in February that charged two Beaumont Independent School District educators with conspiring to change students’ answers on standardized tests from wrong to right, both initially proclaimed their innocence. However, as this publication was going to press Tuesday night, Dec. 22, one of those indicted was scheduled to change her plea in a hearing set in federal court for Wednesday, Dec. 23.

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Patricia Lambert, 60, and Victoria Steward, 31

Starting at 2:30 p.m. today, watch live, streaming video of a press conference by US Attorney Malcolm Bales on a indictment concerning Beaumont ISD.

Watch the live stream below:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/examiner-bmt

 

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