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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Law - "Red light bribe scandal could be widespread" says Chicago Tribune

While Ohio is having court cases re speed cameras, in Chicago, as David Kidwell reports today in the Chicago Tribune, in a story headlined "Red light bribe scandal could be widespread" that begins:

A fired executive of Chicago's beleaguered red light camera company alleges in a lawsuit that Redflex Traffic Systems doled out bribes and gifts at "dozens of municipalities" in 13 other states and says he is cooperating in an ongoing federal investigation.

The explosive allegations, accompanied by few specifics, suggest investigators may be examining Redflex's business practices around the country in the wake of the company's admission last year that its flagship camera program in Chicago was likely built on a $2 million bribery scheme.

Aaron Rosenberg, who was the company's top national salesman, said in a civil defamation claim against Redflex that he was made a "scapegoat" to cover up a long-standing practice of "providing government officials with lavish gifts and bribes" after the Tribune began asking questions about the Chicago contract.

Re the other states:
Rosenberg said that during his tenure Redflex "bestowed gifts and bribes on company officials in dozens of municipalities within, but not limited to the following states: California, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia."
The ILB has a long list of entries on red-light cameras.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 23, 2014 12:50 PM
Posted to General Law Related