CRIME

Red Light Camera Bribe: Chicago Camera Program 'Likely Built On $2 Million Bribery Scheme'

03/03/2013 12:55 pm ET | Updated Mar 03, 2013

Angry drivers griping that Chicago's red light cameras were a scam may have been on to something.

In 2010, a whistle-blower letter by a Redflex executive complained of an improper relationship between former city official John Bills and Redflex consultant Marty O'Malley, the Tribune reports. Bills, O'Malley and a recently-ousted Redflex executive Aaron Rosenberg are at the heart of the alleged bribery scheme.

Along with the city's investigation, the company hired former city Inspector General David Hoffman as an independent investigator; the Tribune reports according to Hoffman, law enforcement authorities will likely consider the arrangement between Redflex and Bills to be bribery, even if no payments were made.

Since Emanuel barred Redflex from bidding on the city's new contract in February, Chicago is once again in search of a vendor to operate the city's 384 red-light cameras, the Sun-Times reports.

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