Not only is this the first domino to fall in what’s likely to be a long line of destroyed political careers scattered from coast to coast in the U.S., but it’s also another lie that Redflex has been caught in.
For months now, they’ve been denying that their company or anyone associated with it is being investigated by the Feds.
Well, that’s an interesting claim, in light of today’s arrest of the man at the center of the Redflex-City of Chicago Bribery Scandal, as a result of an ongoing Federal Investigation.
The news of that arrest broke today in the Chicago Tribune:
“Charges Filed Against ex-City Hall manager of red light camera program”
Then it was later picked up by NBC Chicago:
“Former Red Light Camera Manager Charged with Bribery”
You may remember that this ex employee of the city of Chicago, John Bills, was named as being the architect $124 Million scheme to steer Redflex contracts to the city. For his trouble, according to the local NBC affiliate, he was awarded a very handsome takeaway:
A retired Chicago official who managed the city’s red light camera program for almost a decade was arrested Wednesday for allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to steer city contracts to Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc.
John Bills, 52, is accused of receiving cash bribes and other forms of payment, including a $177,000 condominium in Arizona.
We’ve said all along that this scandal will eventually lead to the demise of Redflex and this arrest is actually ahead of schedule. When Bills sings like a canary to get some sentencing leniency, who knows what will come out of his mouth.
Better run for cover, politicians with Redflex ties. This won’t be pretty.
And as for Redflex denying that former Arnold, MO councilman and the creator of WrongOnRed.com was telling the truth about the Federal investigation? Well he has a little something to say about that. We asked Hay for his thoughts on the matter and he put them in their place:
Redflex also issued a laughable release to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in advance of what should be yet another blood letting. If you need a cheap laugh, here it is [link].
Needless to say, this saga will continue in entertaining fashion.
If Redflex utilized bribery to get the contract, to what ends will they go to keep it.
It is hard to maintain control when you are caught in the headlights! Each scam will fall on the evidence from the previous convictions!