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Dallas Mayor Pro Tem admits to federal corruption charges

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Taylor Millard

August 9 2018

The second most powerful politician in the city of Dallas – and someone who was thinking about running for mayor – is a felon.

Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway admitted today to accepting bribes along with tax evasion. Via The Dallas Morning News:

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Caraway will admit to accepting $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks from two key figures in the scandal that brought down bus agency Dallas County Schools: Bob Leonard, who owned the surveillance camera company that took millions from DCS; and Slater Swartwood Sr., an associate of Leonard’s.

The longtime council member from Oak Cliff admits that the $390,000 he took from Leonard for “real estate consulting” was “excessive.” Court documents show that “Caraway knew that some of the money was to secure his political influence due to his position” as a council member.

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One final note: you can thank a local TV station for rooting out the corruption. Watchdogs are importants in keeping powerful government and other figures in check and accountable.

Caraway could get seven years in prison.

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