What is “Fraud”?

Wikipedia defines fraud as “deception made for personal gain.” Websters’ defines it a little more potently: “deceit, trickery… intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right.”

No matter what your views are on photo radar, one thing is for sure: Redflex has perverted the truth by falsifying speed camera documents. In fact, they were so blatent about such forgery and fraud, Redflex was called on the carpet by the Arizona Secretary of State’s office just last month:

“Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer last week confirmed that documents used to convict motorists of speeding in Lafayette, Louisiana contained elements that had been falsified. Brewer revoked the license of Cheryl Krough, notary public for photo enforcement vendor Redflex after concluding that she violated four Arizona laws while purporting to certify a speed camera deployment form for use in official hearings.

The article continues:

At issue was the form used in an attempt to convict motorists Mark and Phil Abshire of speeding on October 10, 2007. Krough signed this document, certifying that van driver Scott Michael Bernard had sworn to the truth of the document’s contents in her presence. The secretary of state’s office saw no evidence that this ever took place.

“It cannot be determined whether the signer was in the notary’s presence when the notary notarized the form,” Cota wrote.

Krough, who worked in the Scottsdale, Arizona office for Redflex, was 1400 miles away from the Redflex employee who drove the van that day. The secretary of state’s office expressed a certain amount of indignation that in response to an investigation of the matter by the Arizona Attorney General’s office, Krough, “wrote a short response to the complaint on a post it note.”

Who’s watching the watchers? Those we’re entrusting to enforce the law are breaking it, and when caught doing so try to explain away their actions on a post-it note!

Perhaps it’s time to cover the camera lenses with post it notes. What’s good for the goose is….

7 Responses to What is “Fraud”?

  1. Autumn says:

    Last weekend I saw your signs for the first time.

    Honestly, they angered me a lot.

    “FRAUD” they shouted, while taped the posts of cameras near my home. Fraud. Fraud? Really? I don’t think so. You see, at least on these cameras, you made a big mistake.

    These cameras are on Baseline Rd. near Longmore. They are in front of Rhodes Jr. High, and I’m willing to bet that until now you didn’t know why they were there.

    http://sean-micheal-casey.memory-of.com/About.aspx <—–Read that.

    I didn’t know this young guy, but I’ve talked to kids that did. I know he was growing up in this neighborhood, much like I did years ago. I know that his chance to grow into a great adult was stolen and I know that there are still people that miss him. I know that his parents made a decision that they didn’t want something like this to ever happen again, and their efforts are to thank for those cameras going in.

    You know what else I’ve noticed? As I drive that stretch of road 4+ times per day, I’ve noticed that I’ve only ever seen that camera flash once, and that people have slowed down and are paying attention. Attention that prevents any further accidents from happening there.

    NO CHILDREN HAVE BEEN KILLED in front of that school since the instalation of those cameras.

    So if you want to protest cameras, fine. You want to march and shout against a “police state” you want to hold a sign in the sun to “maintain your privacy”, be my guest – in fact I even support you on some of those notions. But when it comes to cameras that are helping to keep kids safe, leave it alone. Respect that what some have lost is more than you stand to gain by their removal.

    Respect this boy’s family.


  2. […] in the past six months, private photo enforcement companies have been found to violate state laws repeatedly. As if the recent arrest of a drunk photo radar van driver wasn’t enough of an insult to the […]

  3. […] Earlier this year, Redflex Group was found to have violated Arizona State Law on numerous occasions regarding traffic ticket integrity.  Redflex is also facing a potential class-action lawsuit for alledgedly using electronic devices […]

  4. […] of Tempe are no strangers to personnel trouble. Earlier this year, the Arizona Secretary of State condemned a Redflex notary for violating no less than four laws relating to document integrity and […]

  5. […] Heiler? Redflex Flack Part Of Brewer Team Jan Brewer, the anticipated incoming Arizona governor, has selected Jay Heiler to act as her Deputy Director […]

  6. Joe Nadeau says:

    Where can people get covers for your plates so they can not get the letters & numbers. Thanks, Joe

  7. Jim Kuczek says:

    My view is that there should be a class action law suit against the following: redflex, judges and elected officials that allowed the criminal activity of redflex to take place. All people convicted and that are waiting for judgment should all be granted a pardon and a complete refund of their money. Where is the federal and state attorney generals in shutting this scam down. I can come up with at least 15 federal and state violations by redflex without trying.

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