Last Friday, federal prosecutors announced in a statement obtained by Ars Technica that former Redflex Traffic Systems CEO Karen Finley has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery and wire and mail fraud charges related to an eight-year long pay-to-play scheme in which the red light camera manufacturer provided campaign contributions to local elected officials in exchange for municipal contracts.
According to The Chicago Tribune, no charges have been filed against any public officials for participating in the scheme. Prosecutors have not yet mentioned which officials might have been involved.
The prosecutors’ statement read, “From December 2005 to February 2013, Finley served as CEO of a red light camera enforcement company. As part of her plea agreement, Finley admitted that, between 2005 and 2013, she participated in a scheme in which the company made campaign contributions to elected public officials in the cities of Columbus and Cincinnati through a consultant retained by the company. According to admissions made in connection with her plea, Finley and others, including another executive of the company, agreed to provide the conduit campaign contributions with the understanding that the elected public officials would assist the company in obtaining or retaining municipal contracts, including a photo red light enforcement contract with the City of Columbus. Finley also admitted she and her co-conspirators concealed the true nature and source of the payments by the consultant’s submission and the company’s payment of false invoices for ‘consulting services,’ which funds the consultant then provided to the campaigns of the elected public officials.”