- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago has filed a $300 million lawsuit against the former operator of its red light cameras, alleging the program was built on bribery.

The Chicago Tribune reports (https://trib.in/1LP0Mda) the lawsuit seeks more than double the $124 million Redflex collected on the contract with the city.

The lawsuit alleges Redflex executives teamed up with former city official John Bills to orchestrate cash payments, vacations and other items to him. In exchange, Bills coached Redflex on how to beat its competitors, orchestrated key votes at City Hall, manipulated field tests to favor the company.

Former Redflex chief executive Karen Finley pleaded guilty in August to one count of conspiracy to commit federal-program bribery.

Bills’ attorney, Nishay Sanan, said he was unaware of the lawsuit, adding his client asserts his innocence.

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