The DCS scandal that has captured Dallas in recent months continues to spread. It now reaches the upper echelons of political power as the Mayor of one of the largest cities in the United States, Mr. Mike Rawlings, is named a someone who met the prime suspect in the FBI investigation, Mr Robert Leonard, head of Force Multiplier Solutions, the school bus camera company, on several occasions.
The DCS scandal centers around several reports of alleged money laundering, bribery and possible political corruption in Dallas County Schools and a school bus camera program which cost the city $16,000,000.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Now this deserves a "BREAKING" …. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings met twice with businessman tied to bus bribery investigation <a href="https://t.co/ezggssABxP">https://t.co/ezggssABxP</a> <a href="https://t.co/QKmlMfyTcE">pic.twitter.com/QKmlMfyTcE</a></p>— FairParkRising (@FairParkRising) <a href="https://twitter.com/FairParkRising/status/961049134739480576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 7, 2018</a></blockquote>
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A federal investigation has begun into Dallas County Schools’ former dealings and ethical questions have been raised regarding some of the case’s key players.
Mr. Leonard ‘s house was recently raided by the FBI looking for evidence of money laundering and bribery. It would now also appear that Mr. Leonard had several meetings with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, looking for ‘investment advice.’
Mayor Rawlings's meetings with Mr. Leonard, in 2013 and then again in 2016, centered around an investment scheme involving an Arab prince.
When asked about those meeting Mayor Rawlings told the press: "It was weird that he was going to meet a prince from the UAE, and they were going to drop all of this money."
"He wasn't asking anything specific. He was selling his wares about how he could help Dallas, and I was selling my wares. So we were kind of comparing notes."
According to the FBI’s investigation, Mr. Leonard and his associates spent some $78,000 on campaign contributions in Dallas council races. Mr. Rawlings claims he did not receive any contributions.