Former Redflex CEO Pleads Guilty In Second Bribery Case


The former CEO at the heart of the federal investigation of bribery of local political officials has pleaded guilty in another bribery case.

Karen Finley pled guilty in federal court in Chicago today to funneling gifts of golf trips, hotels, meal and other graft to Chicago officials over a nine-year-period.

Finley is the former CEO of Redflex, which maintain the exclusive contract for red light cameras in Chicago between 2003 and 2011.

Finley will be sentenced in Chicago on Feb. 18, 2016, by the U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall.

The former CEO has also pled guilty in June to one count of attempting to bribe Columbus officials. Redflex also had Columbus’ exclusive contract for Columbus’ red light cameras until the program was discontinued earlier this year.

Finley’s sentence in the Columbus case is expected to run concurrent with her sentence in Chicago.

She faces up five years in prison.

According to court documents, a Chicago transportation official was providing pointers and inside information to Redflex.

Redflex ended up paying personal expenses for the Chicago official which included airline tickets, rooms at the Biltmore Hotel and “other entertainment.”

That official is charged with bribery, extortion and other charges and is awaiting trial.

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