Man given 6-months for passing along red-light camera bribes

(CHICAGO) A man who participated in a bribery scheme that steered $100 million in red-light camera contracts to an Arizona company has received a six-month prison sentence.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall in sentencing Martin O’Malley on Monday said the case against the man at the center of the bribery couldn’t have been prosecuted without his testimony.

O’Malley told the judge his actions were “deplorable.”

The 75-year-old O’Malley faced up to five years in prison after admitting he passed $560,000 in cash bribes from Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. to Chicago City Hall insider John Bills.

Kendall last month sentenced the 55-year-old Bills, who was convicted in January, to 10 years in prison for bribery, conspiracy and extortion.

Bills was accused of accepting cash and gifts worth $2 million to help Redflex obtain contracts in a decade-long scheme.


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