- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - A former Beaumont school district administrator and a former teacher have been sentenced for their guilty pleas related to alleged theft from school programs and cheating on test scores.

Former assistant superintendent Patricia Adams Lambert was sentenced to the maximum 3 years and 4 months in prison for theft and conspiracy to submit false statements on standardized test scores. Former teacher Victoria Gauthier Steward received 3 years of probation for her plea to conspiracy to submit false statements on test scores.

Prosecutors say Lambert, while a high school principal beginning in 2006, created a culture among school faculty and staff where cheating on standardized tests was accepted and manipulation of scores was encouraged.

An indictment had accused Lambert of embezzling more than $750,000 in funds and goods.

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