Former Redflex executive sentenced for role in bribery scheme

The former leader of red light camera vendor Redflex will spend more than a year in prison for her role in a bribery scheme aimed at providing politicians campaign contributions in exchange for city contracts.

Karen Finley was sentenced Wednesday to 14 months in prison after she admitted earlier this year to conspiring to commit bribery.

The judge recommended Finley serve her sentence at a facility in Phoenix where her family lives. However, Finley is awaiting sentencing in another bribery scandal in Chicago.

Investigators say Finley helped funnel at least $70,000 in campaign contributions to elected officials in Columbus and Cincinnati. In Columbus, lobbyist John Raphael received consulting pay, which then was passed off to campaigns or the Democratic Party. Raphael was sentenced to 15 months in prison for extortion.

During this time, investigators say Redflex became Columbus’ exclusive red light camera vendor and expanded its number or red light cameras in 2010. The city made $10 million dollars from the cameras.

Raphael denied Mayor Andrew Ginther, former Mayor Michael Coleman and other city leaders had knowledge of the scheme. No political leaders have been charged or indicted as part of the scandal.

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