Ex-Texas trooper pleads guilty to taking bribes for favorable inspections

By Land Line staff | Friday, June 23, 2017

A former Texas Department of Public Safety sergeant admitted in federal court to accepting bribes from a Dallas trucking company in exchange for favorable inspections of the fleet.

Kevin Gerard Cauley, 50, of Royse City, Texas, accepted at least $20,000 in bribes for inspection decals he issued to more than three dozen trucks, according to court records. Federal authorities charged him with honest services wire fraud in April.

According to court documents, Cauley worked as a commercial vehicle enforcement sergeant in Dallas County, where he was responsible for performing a variety of duties, including inspections to provide Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance decals for commercial tractors. The decals are given out to vehicles which pass a Level 1 inspection.

Court records indicate the bribery scheme occurred from July 2014 to September 2015 and involved two Dallas-based trucking companies owned by the same individual. Neither the individual nor the trucking companies are identified in the filing.

Thirty-nine of the company’s trucks were inspected and received CVSA decals. Cauley would travel to one of the company yards and inspect trucks for both companies. Between July 2014 and September 2015, he received at least $4,000 on five occasions from the trucking company owner.

Cauley entered his guilty plea in federal court on June 13. A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.

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