A top executive at a Chicago-headquartered red-light camera company received a sentence this week of 30 months in federal prison and a $2 million fine after she was convicted in a bribery scheme involving tens of millions of dollars.
Bribery and other so-called white collar offenses can carry severe penalties and prison time. If you or a loved one is facing a bribery or similar charge, one of the experienced criminal defense and criminal appeals attorneys with the Trusted Prison Consultants firm can help.
Subsequent Bribery Convictions Leading to Prison
One of the factors that can most complicate a bribery or other corruption case includes a prior history of similar convictions, or even allegations that never led to a conviction. If you are facing a white collar crime charge or have been convicted of bribery – or a related offense -and believe your prior history may have unfairly influenced the outcome of your case, a skilled criminal defense attorney can determine whether you should pursue an appeal.
For instance, the recent Chicago bribery sentence comes on the heels of an earlier conviction for Karen Finley – who served as the former CEO of Australia’s Redflex Traffic Systems and is already in the process of serving a 14 month sentence for a similar bribery operation stemming from her previous role in Ohio.
Abuses of Power and Related Charges
Both schemes involved arrangements to pay city officials off for hooking the red-light camera firm up with contracts to install red light camera equipment and monitoring capabilities, which in turn generate revenue for the cities by catching speeders and doling out tickets, according to Fox News. The tickets generated in Chicago raked in more than $600 million since the Redflex brand red-light cameras were installed around the city in 2003.
Red-Light Bribery Scam Leading to Prison
The Chicago scam involved paying off city transportation department officers to steer contracts to RedFlex, placing city workers directly on the red light camera firm’s payroll, and dealing in kickbacks for golf trips and pricey meals, among other things.
Types of White Collar Offenses
Like the red-light bribery scheme, some circumstances that lead to bribery or corruption charges include several related offenses. Some of the most common types of white collar or professional misconduct charges include but are not limited to:
· Practicing a profession without a license
· Obstruction of justice
· Pay-for-play schemes
· Illegal kickbacks
· Filing false documents
· Failure to report
· Tax evasion
· Money laundering
· Insider trading
· Bank fraud
· Securities fraud
· Ethics violations
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No matter what type of bribery conviction or white collar criminal charge you are dealing with, one of our experienced Prison Consultants and criminal appeals attorneys with the Trusted Prison Consultants firm can fight to reverse your conviction and keep you out of prison.