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FBI raids homes of BISD purchasing director and former West Brook booster club president

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Naomi Lawrence-Lee (Photo: Twitter) Naomi Lawrence-Lee (Photo: Twitter)
Bo Kelley (12News file) Bo Kelley (12News file)

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are raiding the homes of Beaumont Independent School District Assistant Director of Finance and Purchasing Naomi Lawrence-Lee and former West Brook booster club president Bo Kelley.

Lee was home with family when agents showed up at her home Friday morning.  Kelley told 12News by phone that he was unaware that the raid was taking place and after receiving our call he was heading home to find out what was going on.  Before he arrived he received a call from an official informing him that the raid was taking place.

A source told 12News that the FBI is seeking documents and computers from Kelley's house for information dealing with booster club funds.  The source said it is possible that embezzlement of funds could go back farther than agents originally were told. 12News will have updates as information becomes available.

Lee was suspended with pay earlier this year amid accusations that she did not follow proper procedure, and did not go through the right channels for documenting extra time worked for pay.

According to 12News file stories, Lawrence-Lee worked as the purchasing agent for Jefferson County before being hired by BISD. She was forced to resign her position in 2007 after the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office discovered that she used the county print shop, which she oversaw, to do printing for personal business. In exchange for her resignation, the District Attorney's office agreed not to prosecute her for use of county facilities for personal use.

According to 12News file stories, in February Booster Club Vice President Joey Hilliard was informed by the treasurer that the booster club account had only $500.  The treasurer contacted Kelley, and he admitted to taking almost $30,000 of booster club money.  He returned most of the funds once it was discovered that the cash was no longer in the proper account.   Kelley said the $30,000 was not theft, just misuse of those funds

Since our first story on Kelley aired, the boosters say they believe Kelley took closer to $40,000, but only paid back $30,000.  The boosters say they believe he took cash from payments for a football banquet, raffle of a golf cart and bleacher creatures which are the little kid boosters.

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