A former top executive of Chicago’s first red-light camera vendor pleaded guilty Thursday to bribing an official to secure city contracts.
Under a plea agreement in federal court, Karen L. Finley, the former chief executive of Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., admitted to bribing the Chicago official in charge of the red-light program, John Bills, with cash, golf trips, hotel stays, meals and other personal expenses over a period of nine years through 2011. Ms. Finley, 55 years old, who got the expenses reimbursed by Redflex, also hired Mr. Bills’ friend, Martin O’Malley, as an independent contractor, adding to his contract provisions for lucrative increases tied to the program’s expansion in Chicago, authorities said.
Ms. Finley “understood that O’Malley was a friend of Bills and that it was important to Bills that Redflex hire O’Malley,” authorities wrote in the plea agreement.
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