Leading Democrat Forced To Resign After Taking $450,000 In Bribes

Kirsters Baish| It has been reported that the second-highest ranked elected Democrat official in Dallas, Texas entered a guilty plea on Thursday stealing more than $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks.

It was announced by United States Attorney Erin Nealy Cox that mayor pro tem and Dallas City Council member Dawaine Caraway took money “in the form of a phony consulting agreement, luxury suits, fully funded trips, gambling money, repayment of personal debt, checks and cash.” It all came from businessman Robert Leonard.

The Daily Wire writes:

Caraway reportedly supported “key votes to promote and continue” a program putting cameras on school buses; that program was connected to Leonard, who owned the stop-arm camera company that took millions from the Dallas County Schools, as the Dallas Morning News reported. Cox also stated that Leonard pled guilty to conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud.

Cox explained, “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. These cases demonstrate our continued resolve to uncover corruption at the highest levels — the citizens of Dallas deserve honest government.”

The Democrat resigned from his position on the city council this week. His resignation letter read “Over the past several weeks, through a lot of prayer and soul searching, I have decided that I must take responsibility for my actions. I have dedicated much of my life to serving others, but have never claimed to be without sin. I am truly sorry that I must end my career as an elected official because I betrayed the public’s trust that I worked so very hard to earn.”

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