Top Texas Democrat Resigns in Shame After Taking $450K in Bribes

A Dallas Texas Democrat has resigned his office in disgrace after admitted he took $450,000 in bribes.

“Democrat Dwaine Caraway, Dallas city council member and mayor pro tem, pleaded guilty in court to conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, as well as tax evasion, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox announced in a news release.,” Fox News reported.

The funds Caraway received were “in the form of a phony consulting agreement, luxury suits, fully funded trips, gambling money, repayment of personal debt, checks and cash” from Robert Leonard in return for taking action that benefited the latter’s business, the news release said, citing court documents.

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Among the actions were “key votes to promote and continue” a program that put cameras on school buses — a business to which Leonard’s company had ties.

Leonard also pleaded guilty in court on Thursday to conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, the news release said.

“The pleas today represent the meticulous and tireless efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, and the dedicated prosecutors of our office,” Cox said. “These cases demonstrate our continued resolve to uncover corruption at the highest levels–the citizens of Dallas deserve honest government.”

Caraway, the second highest-ranking elected official in Dallas, resigned from his post on the council, Cox announced.

“Caraway is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 14 and faces seven years in federal prison under his agreement,” according to the Dallas News.

“Today is a day of both reckoning and reconciliation for the city of Dallas and its citizens,” U.S. Attorney Cox added.

There is more corruption than just this, too.

Federal prosecutors say Leonard paid about $3.5 million to "Dallas area officials," Caraway among them, to secure more than $70 million worth of contracts.
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