United States: Former state rep, Worth Township supervisor charged with bribery in red-light camera probe

A former Illinois state representative and longtime supervisor of Worth Township was charged Friday in a plot to pay bribes to a relative of an Oak Lawn trustee in 2017 to get lucrative red-light cameras installed there.

John O’Sullivan, 53, of Oak Lawn, was charged in a criminal information filed in U.S. District Court with one count of bribery conspiracy.

Defendants charged via information, rather than by grand jury indictment, typically intend to plead guilty. O’Sullivan’s attorney was not immediately available for comment.

O’Sullivan was accused of conspiring with longtime political operative Patrick Doherty and an executive representing red-light camera company SafeSpeed LCC to pay $4,000 in bribes in exchange for the official support of an Oak Lawn trustee to add red-light cameras at additional intersections.

At the time, O’Sullivan was moonlighting as a paid “sales consultant” for SafeSpeed, helping increase the company’s footprint in the west and southwest suburbs.

The SafeSpeed executive, Omar Maani, was cooperating with federal investigators and recorded calls and meetings between the three men for the FBI. Maani was charged last year with bribery conspiracy as part of a deferred prosecution agreement with prosecutors, who have said they will dismiss the case if he continues to cooperate.

Doherty also was charged last year as part of the same scheme and is awaiting trial. Prosecutors have said in court that additional charges are expected to be filed against Doherty in the coming weeks.

The original full article can be found at chicagotribune.com

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