Redflex Bribery Scandal Prompts Alderman To Call Halt To Red Light Camera Contract
Chicago’s embattled red light camera vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems, released a report Monday detailing improper and potentially criminal behavior by the company, a hired consultant and a former city official.
The report has prompted one alderman, Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd), to call for a halt to an effort by the city to seek a new five-year contract for the city’s red light camera program.
The filing with the Australian Securities Exchange by Redflex Holdings, the parent company of Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems, summarizes a report by Sidley Austin, the company hired to investigate potential ethical issues brought to light by the Chicago Tribune in October, 2012.
Headed by former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman, the report contends the company’s relationship with former Chicago Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner John Bills, who oversaw the city’s red light camera program, was not only improper but “will likely be considered bribery by the authorities.”
According to the report, Redflex paid for vacation-related expenses for at least 17 separate trips taken by Bills between 2003 and 2010. This included hotel rooms, airline flights, car rentals, meals and golf games. Bills also received a computer and played golf and ate meals locally on the company’s dime here in Chicago.
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