Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chicago red light camera scandal expands: Ex-CEO indicted

Chicago's Northwest Side
Chicago's red light camera scandal got a lot bigger today.

From the Chicago Tribune:
The ex-CEO of Redflex Traffic Systems and the former head of Chicago's red light camera program were indicted today on conspiracy charges in an expansion of the federal investigation into an alleged $2 million bribery scheme.

Prosecutors accused the former CEO, Karen Finley, of agreeing to enrich former city manager John Bills in exchange for his help securing the Chicago contract and growing it into the largest red light camera program in the nation. Bills was charged with bribery in a May criminal complaint.

Bills' longtime friend Martin O'Malley, who was hired by Redflex as a Chicago consultant, was also indicted Wednesday on a charge that he served as the bagman for some $2 million in Redflex payments, much of it intended for Bills.

Finley, 54, of Cave Creek, Ariz., was indicted on nine counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, three counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.
Bills, who had been previously in charged in May, received multiple indictments today as well. He is a former member of the political organization of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, who is also the chairman of the state Democratic Party, which is something liberal blog Progress Illinois forgot to mention.

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