Federal prosecutors on Thursday revealed just how much they have been holding back when presenting charges against individuals accused of participating in the suburban Illinois red light camera bribery scheme. Patrick Doherty, a local government official who sold red light cameras on the side for Safespeed refused to accept a plea deal as others in his position have been doing. In response, the Department of Justice upped the charges.
A 17 page superseding indictment added new details about Doherty’s involvement in pressuring an Oak Lawn board member to approve a red light camera expansion. Doherty was to receive a cut of the extra profit generated by any expansion of the existing photo ticketing agreement with Safespeed, so he had a big incentive to convince the board to go along adding more intersection cameras.