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Old August 9th, 2018
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Default Texas: School Bus Camera Scandal Takes Down Politician

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Dallas, Texas city councilman admits taking $450,000 in bribes to advocate on behalf of school bus cameras.

"The ongoing bribery scandal involving school bus cameras in Dallas, Texas, has claimed another victim. City councilman Dwaine Caraway on Thursday told US District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn that he was guilty of participating in a photo enforcement conspiracy. The scheme has already taken down former Dallas County Schools superintendent Ricky Dale Sorrells, real estate developer Slater Washburn Swartwood Sr and the entire Dallas County Schools organization, which was shut down by the voters.

"It is time to remove the dark cloud that my actions have brought upon our city," Caraway wrote in a resignation letter on Thursday. "It has been the highest honor for me to serve and lead the citizens of this great city.""


"In total, Caraway took $390,000 in "consulting" payments from ELF Investments, a shell company controlled by Leonard. To help disguise the payments, Leonard and Swartwood created a $270,000 promissory note to allowing the payments to be explained as a loan -- a loan that was never paid back. Leonard also made $40,000 in campaign donations. Other rewards for Caraway included a campaign bus and all-expense-paid trips to New Orleans, Louisiana; Las Vegas, Nevada and Austin, Texas."
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