Former executive sues red light camera company

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Explosive allegations are linking a widespread bribery scandal involving a red light camera company to the Commonwealth.

A fired top executive claims Redflex Traffic Solutions doled out lavish gifts and bribes in dozens of cities and town in 13 states - including Virginia. It's all laid out in a civil defamation suit against Redflex from former executive Aaron Rosenberg.

Rosenberg was fired, but he claims he's a scapegoat and was simply "carrying out orders" for a long-standing practice of providing government officials with lavish gifts, meals, golf outings and tickets to sporting events. He alleges it was in exchange for red light camera contracts in various cities.

The Chicago Tribune uncovered Redflex employees funneling as much as $2 million in gifts and travel expenses to Chicago city officials. Redflex is suing Rosenberg, accusing him of a "protracted and covert scheme."

In the court documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request in Arizona, Rosenberg did not name names or pinpoint which cities and towns, but he claims the bribery scandal reached 13 states: California, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.

Redflex just started operating a red light camera at Elkhardt and Hull in the city of Richmond. The company's been running cameras at two intersections in Petersburg for more than a year.

Redflex is in Albemarle County, Newport News, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Alexandria. All of these municipalities started reviewing their contracts after the Chicago scandal came to light and officials have said they could not find any wrong doing.

The city auditor reviewed Richmond's contract. He says he even conferred with the FBI in the Chicago case and never learned of any bribery allegations here in Richmond.

In a statement, Redflex said it will "aggressively defend itself against the allegations as well as prosecute its claims against the former executive. We are committed to transparency and honesty in our business practices."

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