Management

Former School Bus Agency Superintendent Pleads Guilty in $3M Bribery Case

Nicole Schlosser
Posted on April 3, 2018

DALLAS — The former superintendent of a school bus agency mired in controversy pleaded guilty on Monday to taking more than $3 million in bribes and kickbacks from a camera supplier.

In court documents obtained by The Dallas Morning News, Rick Sorrells, who led Dallas County Schools before retiring in March 2017, admitted to receiving payments in return for approving $70 million in contracts with a company that provided stop-arm cameras for the agency’s school buses. Court documents also stated that Sorrells agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud. He waived his right to a federal grand jury indictment and agreed to a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Although the indictment did not name the company, both the newspaper and NBC 5 identified it as Force Multiplier Solutions.

Prosecutors allege that Sorrells took payments through fake companies that he and an associate of the camera company created, according to The Dallas Morning News. Prosecutors also said that the money was used to pay off Sorrells' credit card and student loan debts, among other personal expenses, according to The Dallas Morning News. The scheme took place over about seven years.

Dallas County Schools was struggling with significant debt and was close to bankruptcy as a result of deals to buy the cameras, court documents stated. The stop-arm cameras were expected to bring in revenue by collecting fees from motorists who drove past stopped school buses.

As previously reported, the process of dismantling Dallas County Schools began in November when Dallas County voters chose to shut down the struggling agency. A dissolution committee replaced the agency’s board of directors. One of the committee’s tasks has been to decide how to distribute the 1,000 buses that served area school districts.

Related Topics: legal issues, stop-arm running/illegal passing, Texas

Nicole Schlosser Executive Editor
Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Management class attendees took part in a leadership game called “catching a snake” with the objective of the group, or “snake” working together to fill a bucket with 10 balls. Photo courtesy Mike Vivar
Article

Alabama District Fosters New Leaders With Management Class

Baldwin County Schools’ transportation department’s class grows current leaders and cultivates new ones by introducing attendees to other district leaders, covering different types of leadership styles and responsibilities, and emphasizing service.

Photo courtesy Getty Images by Cecilie_Arcurs
Article

Creating a Positive Workplace Boosts Productivity

Maintaining an upbeat spirit helps to engage employees, improve performance, and increase retention, factors that enhance an organization’s image. Measures such as bonding with food and recognizing accomplishments can cultivate happiness at work.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a waiver from some regulations applicable to commercial driver’s license holders to June 30 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools
News

FMCSA Issues Waiver for Some CDL Deadlines

 The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s waiver postpones deadlines for some regulations applicable to CDL holders to June 30 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!

We respect your data and privacy.
By clicking the submit button below, you are agreeing with Bobit Business Media’s Privacy Policy and this outlined level of consent.