ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The red light camera company Redflex, is accused of bribing politicians and city leaders around the country to get business, including some in New Mexico.
According to a lawsuit filed by a former Redflex executive, the company used lavish meals, pro sporting events, and gifts to get cities to put up the red light cameras.
Redflex, the Phoenix-based company behind red light cameras used at one point in four cities around New Mexico, is accused of bribing city officials to gain business.
“Our city has not been notified by anybody, nor has our city been implicated in any alleged issues regarding Redflex,” said Mayor Tom Swisstack, of Rio Rancho.
Mayor Swisstack’s response to the allegations was the same response from other city officials News 13 contacted that have dealt with Redflex, including Rio Rancho which has the red light cameras, Santa Fe, which had the speed vans, and Albuquerque, which used to have both.
City leaders in Las Cruces, which also has the cameras, did not respond.
A former Executive Vice President of sales for Redflex was fired for what the company said is a violation of policies and procedures.
However, in a countersuit, the former employee claims he’s being used as a “scapegoat,” and names New Mexico as one of 13 states where “current and former Redflex board members engaged in providing government officials with lavish gifts and bribes.”
Bribes in the lawsuit include pro football, baseball games, expensive meals and golf outings.
The former executive said the costs were practice by the company and expensed as entertainment, and that he was simply “carrying out orders.” He did not mention specific cities or names in the lawsuit.
Redflex sent KRQE News 13 a statement, saying:
“Redflex Traffic Systems denies the allegations in the counterclaim which are from a former employee terminated for violating company policies and procedures. Redflex will aggressively defend itself against the allegations as well as prosecute its claims against Mr. Rosenberg. We are unaware of any unethical conduct related to our New Mexico accounts and are committed to transparency and honesty in our business practices. Our focus continues to be on providing best in class customer service and technology to our clients to make their communities safer.”
City officials in the three New Mexico cities News 13 spoke with said they haven’t heard of any funny business surrounding their dealing with Redflex.
According to the Chicago Tribune, which first exposed this scandal, that former executive claims the feds are investigating Redflex. City officials News 13 spoke to in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe said they are not aware of a federal investigation.