NC 9 Investigation: Garcia's Tangled Web

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POSTED: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 6:19pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 5, 2011 - 3:31pm

EL PASO - We are learning more about the Houston woman connected with EPISD Superintendent Dr. Lorenzo Garcia.

A federal indictment charges that Garcia and an unnamed co-conspirator schemed to inflate the actual cost of teaching materials which were sold to the district.

Records obtained by NewsChannel 9 show that the other unindicted person is Tracy Rose, also known as Tracy Ledford.

Records name her as president of Infinity Resources in Houston.

When the El Paso ISD bought nearly $500,000 worth of teaching materials from Infinity Resources in July 2006, the company provided the district with an affidavit swearing that they were the only company that could provide the materials.

In addition, the company was going to get tens of thousands of dollars for travel expenses.

The federal indictment against Garcia states that the actual value of the materials was much less and that Garcia had a personal financial interest in Infinity Resources and a personal relationship with Tracy Rose.

After his release on bond, Garcia said he was not guilty and intended to return to work immediately but that plan went nowhere when the school board president sent word for Garcia to stay away from district offices.

NewsChannel 9 has learned that Tracy Rose is also known as Tracy Ledford.

An employee with the school district who met Rose says this is her picture - a picture associated with the Twitter account of a Tracy Ledford.

NewsChannel 9 has also learned that at one time, a Tracy Ledford worked for an educational services company out of Dallas called Cambium Learning Group.

The company told NewsChannel 9 that Ledford worked there from March 2006 until April 2009.

That was at the same time that a Tracy Rose had set up Infinity Resources at a post office box in Houston and got that contract with EPISD.

NewsChannel 9 will continue to bring you the latest as this developing story continues to unfold.

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fatcat b/s educators...........how much money do they all need?????????????

I agree with jm411... yep, there were plenty pf those rumors going around last year and employees at Central offices were so scared to get on the chopping block if they went against him. Well, Garcia, you can't touch my retirement or life, but enjoy yours dude!

Are you concerned that you may be the next person getting yanked out of your home or office? This is an ongoing investigation, others will "crash and burn". Defendants are making deals with authorities...look out your window....they are coming after you !

Siervo, save all of your bible thumping/quoting to some religious causes, in YOUR place of worship. What do you really expect to solve by you quoting scripture and bull sh_t on this important issue? The School Board, whether past or present, was fully aware of this clowns behavior, failed to act on it, and the only way for the community to have FAITH and TRUST again in the board , is for a total resignation of the board, and the support of the Teachers Union. anything short is a disaster

hey servo, mind your own business, and let justice take its course, nobody need all the bull your saying right now.

Six things are hated by the Lord; seven things are disgusting to him:
6:17 Eyes of pride, a false tongue, hands which take life without cause;
6:18 A heart full of evil designs, feet which are quick in running after sin;
6:19 A false witness, breathing out untrue words, and one who lets loose violent acts among brothers.
Proverbs.

Go to the ant, you hater of work; give thought to her ways and be wise:
Proverbs 6:6

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psalms 19:7

For a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he puts all his goings in the scales.
The evil-doer will be taken in the net of his crimes, and prisoned in the cords of his sin.
Proverbs 5:21

all of you that say that board needs to go are delusional..they're not at fault here people...they can't just fire him its called due process ..if they fire him and he is found innocent he can come back and sue them..besides this board did not hire him he was hired back in 06 when MENA TELLES ROAK AND WEVER were on the board you all seem to forget that..you all also seem to forget that the FBI came in to investigate "cheating" on the TAKS and then they came out with mail fraud hmm really??

The Board is at fault for rubber stamping this Superintendents programs and policies. Sure fire him! Did he give due process to any of the employees he has had fired for not complying to his ideas, I don't think so. Please let him go and we will take our chances. DO IT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR SCHOOLS! We have had enough of him and Machiavellian tactics. CENTRAL OFFICE IS A CESSPOOL FULL OF HIS GOOD OLE BOYS AND YES PEOPLE. CLEAN HOUSE EL PASO NOW OR THE CORRUPTION WILL CONTINUE.

jm411..The FBI did not investigate "cheating." That is what the U.S. Department of Education is invesitgating. Anyways, what are you trying to get at about the FBI? They are just doing their job. P.S. The board knew exactly what was going on...how else do you think this stayed hidden for so long?

enough already...oh by the Susi Byrd ...Rachel whats her face ..Pickett and those other people have no room to talk...take care of your own personal lives before you start judging others..

It's pukes like this that make our young scholars sick to their stomach. El Paso is a great city, but stories like these are what make quality El Pasoans leave and not come back.
How sad....

The nerve of this man to think he could just get back to work, what an insult to his staff, to the citizens of El Paso, and to his family.

Puke.....

A lot of the blame can also be directed to the "Rubber Stamping" board of trustees that fail to do their "Due Diligence" on expenditures of this kind. Kinda makes one wonder is they are not in his deep pockets as well. Only a complete cleansing of the Board, Superintendent and his cronies will make EPISD look honest and trustworthy in the future.

shut up ..you dont what you are talking about..instead of complaining why don't you do something about it if not then shut that hole you call a mouth

shut up ..you dont what you are talking about..instead of complaining why don't you do something about it if not then shut that hole you call a mouth

That is very mature.

Wow, unbelievable!

If a teacher is charged or suspected of any impropriety, he is immediately suspended. Why is the School Board being so wishy-washy in handing out an immediate suspension of Dr. Garcia? He has been indicted on Federal charges, isn't that serious enough??

just cause someone is indicted doesn't not mean they're guilty...get educated on the law..its called due process...you can't compare the two

It's about time that the Board made a logical decision. They renewed his contract last year amid all of the alleged rumors from womanizing district employees to Taks irregularities to his own personal divorce woes. I think the Board needs to go too. . .

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