A Dallas real estate developer was sentenced today to eight years in federal prison for bribing two former Dallas City Council members, Carolyn Davis and Dwaine Caraway, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad E. Meacham announced.

In June, a federal jury convicted Ruel Hamilton, the president of AmeriSouth Realty Group, of one count of conspiracy and two counts of bribery of an agent of a local government receiving federal funds. Mr. Hamilton was sentenced Tuesday by Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn, who also ordered him to pay a $150,000 fine.

“Even as he extoled his own generosity, Mr. Hamilton bought and paid for his influence at City Hall. He used money to ingratiate himself to lawmakers, subverting the democratic processes we hold dear,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham. “As my predecessors have said, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will not allow a kickback culture to fester at City…

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