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Federal prosecutors in Ohio and Illinois have come to an agreement with the red light camera company Redflex. Earlier this year, the former chief executive of the embattled Australian company pleaded guilty to corruption charges in those states.
The “non-prosecution agreement” establishes a deal whereby the Department of Justice won’t prosecute Redflex in exchange for restitution and damages. Redflex will pay Chicago an amount to be determined and will also hand over $100,000 in restitution to the City of Columbus. The government praised Redflex, citing “extensive and thorough cooperation over recent years.”
The DOJ statement, which was published Tuesday by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, continues:
Further, Redflex agreed to cooperate fully with DOJ and any other law enforcement agency designated by DOJ, including the Australian Federal Police and other Australian law enforcement authorities. As part of that obligation, Redflex must, among other things, provide DOJ, the Australian Federal Police, and other Australian law enforcement authorities, upon request, all non-privileged information, documents, records, or other tangible evidence. Notwithstanding the two-year time period of the agreement, Redflex agreed to cooperate with DOJ, the Australian Federal Police, and other Australian law enforcement authorities until all of their investigations or prosecutions are concluded.
The former CEO of Redflex’s American subsidiary, Karen Finley, was sentenced in November 2016 to 30 months in prison stemming from the Illinois prosecution. She was previously sentenced in October 2016 to 14 months in prison for the Ohio case. Finley pleaded guilty to overseeing a vast scheme of corruption in both states as a way to finagle contracts with those cities. She is due to report to prison in February 2017, where she will serve both sentences concurrently in Victorville, California.
The DOJ statement goes on to say that, since US investigations began, “Redflex has initiated substantial additions and changes to its compliance program, policies, and procedures.” Prosecutors added that the company has “agreed to adopt new policies to ensure that it maintains a rigorous anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance code, and to install procedures designed to detect and deter violations of such laws.”
If Redflex does not fully abide by the terms of this agreement, it could face new prosecution.