Where Did the Money Go? Property Seized in Dallas County Schools Scandal

On Aug. 9, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox announced the guilty pleas of Force Multiplier Solutions owner Robert Leonard and Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway. Cox said between 2011 and 2017, Leonard, aided by Slater Swartwood, paid Caraway and former Dallas County Schools Superintendent a combined $3.5 million in exchange for favorable, official action related to helping Leonard and his stop-arm camera company secure over $70 million in contracts with Dallas County Schools. Cox said the men used the money to, among other things, repay personal loans, acquire luxury clothing, fund personal trips to Las Vegas and New Orleans, and provide gambling money.

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On Aug. 9, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox announced the guilty pleas of Force Multiplier Solutions owner Robert Leonard and Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway.
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Cox said between 2011 and 2017, Leonard, aided by Slater Swartwood, paid Caraway and former Dallas County Schools Superintendent Rick Sorrells a combined $3.5 million in exchange for favorable, official action related to helping Leonard and his stop-arm camera company secure over $70 million in contracts with Dallas County Schools.nCox said the men used the money to, among other things, repay personal loans, acquire luxury clothing, fund personal trips to Las Vegas and New Orleans, and provide gambling money.
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Robert Leonard, as the owner of stop-arm camera company provider Force Multiplier Solutions, received nearly $70 million in contracts with Dallas County Schools. Here is a look at Leonard's property seized by the Department of Justice as part of his plea deal.
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A 2008 Bentley Continental GT, VIN SCBD33W58C057347, seen in this photo parked in front of Leonard's one-time Dallas home.
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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, VIN 1C4RJECT0CC363070. Photo shows Leonard's one-time Dallas home with a second Bentley parked outside along with a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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$738,167.53 US currency seized from five accounts.
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Collection of seven paintings by David Harouni. Two of the seven pieces can be seen in this photo of Leonard's living room. The interior shots were shared publicly when the home was put up for sale.
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Assorted jewelry: one ring, white metal with white stones; four infinity rings, white metal and yellow metal, located in "Rothschild Diamond" box; one ring, yellow and white metal with white stones in a "Bachendorf's box and one floral necklace, white metal with white stones in a "Bachendorf's" box.
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Leonard bought this home on Royal Lane in Dallas that he extensively renovated and sold before moving back to Louisiana.
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Robert Leonard paid former Dallas County Schools Superintendent Rick Sorrells $3 million in bribes and kickbacks for signing off on contracts between DCS and FMS.
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2014 Maserati GHI, VIN ZAM57RTA0E1112238 (photo unavailable).
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2012 Porsche Cayenne, VIN WDCGG5HB2FG437070 Photo: Rick Sorrells, talking with NBC 5 from his Porsche in the DCS parking lot.
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Assorted jewelry purchased from Windsor Auction House on April 5, 2013 for $49,662.93 and a custom-made 14K gold bracelet with 51 princess cut diamonds weighing 10.53 carats with a grade of H/SI1, purchased for $16,400 on May 12, 2015. Photo of jewelry unavailable. (Photo: Rick Sorrells, left, talks with NBC 5's Scott Friedman in the French Quarter.)
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$12,292.52 in US currency seized from two accounts.
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Sorrells is also believed to have paid off an unknown amount of credit card debt and student loans.
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Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District, said former Dallas City Councilmember Dwaine Caraway received $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks from Robert Leonard. Caraway has not had any property or cash seized, however Cox said Caraway received the following:
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Political campaign contributions were seized. According to records obtained by NBC 5, Leonard's dog Jack made a $200 donation to Dwaine Caraway's campaign.
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Money (checks) that he cashed at Dallas liquor stores.
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All expense paid trips to New Orleans, Las Vegas and Austin.
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Security cameras at his home.
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A loan for his father's home that was never paid back.
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Caraway was given money for family funeral expenses. (Photo: Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway during an interview with NBC 5 Investigates' senior reporter Scott Friedman.)
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Campaign bus.
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Casino chips and gambling funds for the horse track. (Photo: Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway during an interview with NBC 5 Investigates' senior reporter Scott Friedman.)
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As a part of his plea deal, Caraway agreed to pay $68,906 in restitution to the IRS for fraudulent conduct in 2012, 2013 and 2014, plus uncalculated Title 26 interest. (Photo: Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway during an interview with NBC 5 Investigates' senior reporter Scott Friedman.)
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