Dallas official pleaded guilty Thursday to Federal charges, after a Prosecutor said lawyers, he won more than $450,000 in kickbacks and bribes in exchange for official requests to be taken to benefit local businesses.
(Dwaine Caraway’s Facebook)
Dallas official pleaded guilty Thursday to Federal charges, after prosecutors said he earned more than $450,000 in kickbacks and bribes in exchange for official acts to benefit local businesses.
Democrat, Dwaine Caraway, Dallas city Councilman and mayor pro tem, pleaded guilty before the court in order to commit conspiracy, honest-services wire fraud, and tax evasion, U.S. attorney Erin Nealy Cox, announced in a press release.
The Fund caraway received were “in the form of a false Advisory agreement, luxury, suits, fully funded travel, gambling, money, repayment of personal debts, cheques and cash” by Robert Leonard in exchange for actions that benefited the latter, the said press release, citing court documents.
US-Minister of justice Nealy Cox, by the FBI and IRS in a press conference announcing the confessions of a Dallas City Council member Dwaine Carway and President of the multiplier solutions, Robert Leonard in a bribery conspiracy.https://t. co/GsDHaZcGGn pic.twitter.com/AzLQ1cwbl7
— U.S. Minister of justice, N. Texas (@NDTXnews) 9. August 2018
Among the actions were “to promote key votes and more” a program that put cameras on school buses — a business, the Leonard, the company’s relations.
Leonard also pleaded guilty in court on Thursday of conspiracy, honest-services wire fraud, said a press release.
“The pleadings are now part of the meticulous and tireless efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service and the dedicated prosecutors in our office,” Cox said. “These cases demonstrate that our determination to expose corruption at the highest level–deserve the citizens of Dallas honest government.”
Caraway seeds, the second highest elected official in Dallas, resigned from his post on the Council, Cox announced.
Lawyer Michael Payma, who represents cumin, told The Associated Press that the court speak to the documents for yourself. He said that cumin has yet to be sentenced, and he declined to comment further.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.