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Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway resigns, pleads guilty to federal corruption charges

DALLAS — Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway resigned Thursday morning and pleaded guilty to two federal corruption charges, court documents revealed. According to the documents, Caraway admitted to taking more than $450,000 in exchange for votes in favor of a camera company, Force Multiplier Solutions (FXS), which sought contract work with Dallas County Schools as part of the stop-arm-camera program. The bribes and kickbacks date back to 2011, documents say. Dallas County Schools was closed after voters elected to shut down the troubled agency in the November 2017 elections. The documents also allege that Caraway pleaded guilty to not reporting “a substantial portion of the bribe and kickback” to the IRS. “Today is a day of reckoning and reconciliation for the city of Dallas and its citizens,” said Erin Nealy Cox, the United States attorney for the Northern District of Texas, during a morning news conference on the case. Cox said Caraway and Robert Leonard, president and owner of FXS, both pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud . Caraway also pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Sentencing could take several months, but Caraway could face up to 10 years and a fine up to $500,000. Slater Swartwood Sr., a business associate with FXS, and former Dallas County Schools Superintendent Ricks Sorrells, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the case. Cox said Leonard paid Caraway and Sorrells a “combined total of more than $3.5 million in exchange for favorable, official action related to Force Multiplier Solutions.” Their actions, Cox said, helped FXS secure more than $70 million in contacts and agreements with Dallas County Schools. Among those agreements, Sorrells approved hundreds of purchase orders for camera equipment that cost the agency millions, the U.S. attorney said. “Most of which wasn’t installed and sat unused in a warehouse,” Cox said of the equipment. Officials said Sorrells and Caraway used the bribe and kickback money to gamble, pay back personal loans, buy clothing and travel to New Orleans and Las Vegas.

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