A city contract gained through bribery? A hundred million dollars earned unethically? Just another day as corruption continues in Chicago.
Since 2007, thousands of innocent drivers in Chicago were bogusly issued $100 red light camera tickets. The cameras were setup by a company called Redflex Traffic Systems. In 2013, it was revealed that their city contract was won only after the former Transportation Department executive John Bills was supposedly paid off for more than $600,000. The bribed contract stated that Redflex would receive 20-25% of the revenue from each ticket.
The news of the undeserved tickets was revealed by the Chicago Tribune. They analyzed more than 4 million tickets and found ticketing irregularities that couldn’t be natural. A deeper look by the Tribune found that the ticketing deviations were the result of human tampering, faulty equipment, or both.
One man who suffered the wrath of the untrustworthy cameras was Matthew Faulkner. On Thursday, July 17, Mr. Faulkner filed a federal lawsuit seeking class action status. The suit states that since Redflex earned at least $100 million through illicit means that they have no right to the money. The class action suit hopes to force Redflex to refund the money to the thousands of Chicagoans that were wrongly ticketed. If the suit is successful, the city and Redflex will have to help identify those who were fined, and then an accounting firm will distribute the refunds.
If Redflex were to keep the money, it would violate “the fundamental principals of justice, equity, and good conscience,” the suit said.
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