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Ex-trooper sentenced to federal prison for accepting bribes for false inspection ratings


Former Texas DPS commercial vehicle enforcement officer Kevin Cauley was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for accepting bribes from a Dallas trucking company in exchange for top-level inspection decals.

Cauley, 51, pleaded guilty in June 2017 to one count of honest services wire fraud. The sentencing took place on April 16, 2018.

In his time as a highway patrol commercial vehicle enforcement sergeant, Cauley performed safety inspections and provided Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Inspection decals in Dallas County.

From July 2014 to September 2015, Cauley reportedly exchanged 39 Level I inspection decals for bribes from Orlinte Cruz, the owner of commercial trucking companies Cruz and Sons Transportation and UGMA Logistics.

According to mySA, Cruz paid Cauley at least $4,000 for the fraudulent ratings.

Cauley will report to prison on June 19, 2018.

Cruz has pleaded guilty to his role and is awaiting sentencing.


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