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Local officials may be linked to red light camera controversy

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Shawn Lanier) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Shawn Lanier)
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A former chief executive officer of a red light camera vendor pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a bribery and fraud scheme.

Karen Finley, 55, of Cave Creek, Arizona, pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging her with conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery and honest services wire and mail fraud.

Alex Triantafilou is the chair of the Hamilton County Republican Party, and said this all sets a very bad taste in the mouth of citizens.

"This is what causes people to have distrust in their government,” said Triantafilou. “That person has identified several people in an elected office that she was involved in bribing.”

Finley admitted that she made campaign contributions to elected public officials in Columbus and in Cincinnati.

While there's no word on which officials, Hamilton County Democratic Chair Tim Burke said he does not believe that to be true.

"I'd be very shocked if it turned out that any elected officials from any political party locally had been bribed for their votes,” said Burke. “That would have been prior to councilmembers Smithermans efforts to get the amendment to prohibit the use of red light cameras here.”

Traintafilou says this case may be an eye opener to other cities.

"And maybe now we see some of the motivations for having these red light cameras available."

Finley's sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later date.

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