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Special Investigations Unit

A Special Investigations Unit Report Regarding the Texas Education Agency
Future Business Leaders of America

August 2002

Report Number 02-063

Overall Conclusion

An investigation by the State Auditor's Office Special Investigations Unit led to criminal charges against the former State Chairman of the Texas Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). On July 8, 2002, the Travis County Grand Jury indicted Bennie Joe Walker for theft by a public servant in the amount of $20,000 or more but less than $100,000. The indictment, a second-degree felony, includes a public servant enhancement because Mr. Walker allegedly appropriated the funds during his employment as the State Chairman for FBLA.

Key Facts and Findings

  • From March 1998 to May 2001, Mr. Walker acted in a fiduciary capacity as the Texas FBLA State Chairman. A review of the FBLA's and Mr. Walker's financial records revealed that Mr. Walker allegedly cashed and misappropriated $42,006.55 in checks that were intended for FBLA.

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