An Illinois Democrat prominent is being investigated for bribery in relation to a scheme using red-light cameras.
Fox News claims that Emil Jones, a Chicago Democrat and state Senator, was accused of receiving bribes. “Company A,”One firm that was based here provided automation systems, commonly known as “red-light cameras”Used to enforce traffic laws.
Local jurisdictions can remotely enforce traffic laws and issue tickets for motorists using the cameras.
In early 2019, Jones introduced Senate Bill 1297, which would require the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to conduct a statewide study of automated traffic law enforcement systems, which included red-light cameras.
Jones later offered protection to one particular red-light camera under the law in exchange for a payment, court documents made public Tuesday show.
While the U.S. Attorney’s office has not identified the firm “Company A,”Fox News reported that SafeSpeed LLC was identified by several media outlets, including Chicago Tribune.
///BREAKING///State Sen. Emil Jones III was charged with Federal Bribery. He is accused of taking money from an executive at a red-light camera company to stop legislation that required traffic studies for cameras. He’s also accused of lying to the FBI. More to follow pic.twitter.com/MYeBIgo1Tp
— Jason Meisner (@jmetr22b) September 20, 2022
STORY HERE: Illinois State Senator Emil Jones III is up for reelection on Nov. 8. He was charged with lying to the feds and bribery in the extensive red-light camera investigation.
Jones is charged in a criminal information — indicating he intends to plead guilty.
— Jason Meisner (@jmetr22b) September 20, 2022
A statement was issued by the company on Tuesday alleging that an ex-staffer had been fired. “engaged in criminal conduct and recruited outside individuals to help further his self-serving activities.”
“Their actions were clearly in their own self-interest and done without SafeSpeed’s knowledge and undercut the important work SafeSpeed does,”The company also acquired.
“SafeSpeed built its business on integrity and ethics, and it holds its employees and representatives to the highest standards of conduct and ethics. SafeSpeed has long since terminated all contact with its former colleague and his associates,”Fox News reports that further details were provided by the company.
“SafeSpeed remains committed to continuing to assist Illinois municipalities in improving traffic safety. SafeSpeed fully supports the federal government’s investigation into public corruption and will continue to aid their efforts in any way it can,”The statement was added.
In recent weeks, a number of Democratic lawmakers and officials were arrested on different charges, including murder.
Last month, Clark County, Nevada Public Administrator Robert Telles “was arrested for the September 3 murder of Jeff German, a journalist with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who exposed the official’s affair with another woman that worked in his office,”According to The Daily Mail,
“The arrest of Robert Telles is at once an enormous relief and an outrage for the Review-Journal newsroom,” Glenn Cook, the newspaper’s executive editor said. “We are relieved Telles is in custody and outraged that a colleague appears to have been killed for reporting on an elected official. Journalists can’t do the important work our communities require if they are afraid a presentation of facts could lead to violent retribution.”
Also last month, a grand jury in El Paso County, Colo., indicted Democratic state Sen. Pete Lee, chairman of the state chamber’s Judiciary Committee, on a single count of voting outside the district where he resides in 2020, which is a violation of state law.
According to The Associated Press:
The Aug. 3 indictment was first announced Tuesday by the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office led by Republican District Attorney Michael Allen.
Lee is alleged to have been Sanford Edmund Lee. “voted giving false information”The Colorado Sun has more information about the place he lived during his presidential primary in March 2020.
According to the AP, Lee could face up to 3 years imprisonment and a possible fine of $100,000 if convicted. The initial hearing in the case was to be held Sept. 8, El Paso County.
TJCox (D.Calif.) was charged with 28 felonies of fraud, including money laundering.
CNN reported that there were some charges related to campaign donations. CNN also said the indictment had not been sealed.
Cox pleaded not guilty in federal court on Tuesday afternoon, following his arrest hours before at the Fresno County federal courthouse, according to online records from the county Sheriff’s Office. According to court records, he is facing 15 counts each of wire fraud and 11 of money laundering. He also faces one count for financial institution fraud.
A conviction could see him spend as much time in prison as possible for wire fraud, money laundering and financial institution fraud charges. He also faces up to 30 year imprisonment for any charges relating to wire fraud that affects a financial institution.
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