A 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 actions taken to benefit local business dealings.
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.
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.
U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox is joined by the FBI and the IRS in a press conference announcing the guilty pleas of Dallas City Council Member Dwaine Carway and President of Force Multiplier Solutions Robert Leonard in a bribery conspiracy.t.co/GsDHaZcGGn pic.twitter.com/AzLQ1cwbl7
— US Attorney N. Texas (@NDTXnews) August 9, 2018