Port Arthur city council will consider suing Calvin Walker for alleged overcharges

It seems public pressure and a couple of 12News reports have changed some minds on Port Arthur city council.

The council will have a special meeting Thursday to consider suing the company owned by embattled electrical contractor Calvin Walker.

Walker has been indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on charges of fraud and money laundering.

He's accused of overbilling the Beaumont Independent School District and the city of Port Arthur.

When we first reported the news, City Attorney Val Tizeno said council was not going to discuss the matter and let the Jefferson County District Attorney's office handle the case.

But a week later, 12News reported on petition drive started by citizens who wanted the council to pursue the money that Walker is accused of overcharging.

Port Arthur cut Walker a check back in 2008 for almost $675,000 for electrical repairs at city ballparks after Hurricane Ike.

Walker has told 12News Port Arthur was satisfied with the work he had done, and the city electrical inspectors had even signed off on it.


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