Dwaine Caraway

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Former Dallas City Council Member Heads To Federal Prison

May 06, 2019 - 7:11 am

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Dwaine Caraway heads to federal prison today.

The former Dallas City Council member will start serving a nearly 5 year sentence for bribery and tax evasion.

Caraway, 66, pled guilty last August to accepting nearly $500,000 in bribes and kickbacks from other people involved. In exchange, prosecutors say he voted to help a school bus camera company involved in a business deal, which nearly bankrupted Dallas County Schools. The scheme saddled Dallas County Schools with around $103 million in debt. 

Investigators say Robert Leonard of Force Multiplier Solutions paid almost $3.5 million to Caraway and Rick Sorrells, the former Dallas County Schools Superintendent, in bribes and kickback payments that were used for personal trips, gambling, clothing, campaigns, and more.

According to the US Attorney, Caraway tried to conceal that he was receiving bribes by setting up shell companies, making up fake loan documents, and made up consulting fees.

In addition to his prison sentence, he's been oreered to pay $482,000 in restitution.