Robert Leonard Jr., CEO of the company that manufactured the cameras,
paid several bribes to benefit his company, including $450,000 in
multiple cash payments, trips, and other gifts to Dallas City Councilman
Dwaine Caraway. In exchange, Caraway cast votes on the council in favor
of the cameras.
“They needed an ordinance to ticket drivers who
were caught passing the camera,” said Special Agent Erik Tighe, who
investigated this case out of the FBI’s Dallas Field Office. “Caraway
was instrumental in making that ordinance happen. He accepted bribes to
continue the program.”
Tighe and the investigative team used a combination of human sources and financial analysis to unravel the network of bribes.