Red-light camera operator lawsuit alleges bribery

Posted at: 01/23/2014 10:13 PM
Updated at: 01/24/2014 5:35 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The company that handles red-light cameras in New Mexico faces serious accusations of bribery.

A fired executive at Redflex made the accusations in a lawsuit against the company.

Former vice president Aaron Rosenberg claims he was made a scapegoat to cover up a long-standing practice of "providing government officials with lavish gifts and bribes."

He says it happened in cities in New Mexico, among a dozen other states.

Redflex runs cameras in Rio Rancho and Las Cruces, and used to operate them in Albuquerque.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 reached out to those cities for a response but none have replied.

UPDATE: NM city leaders deny Redflex bribery claims

City leaders in Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces said they are unaware of city officials accepting bribes in exchange for using services by Redflex Traffic Systems.

Rio Rancho Mayor Tom Swisstack said he never met in-person with Redflex leadership.

Las Cruces City Manager Robert Garza said he’s “certain no such proposals or gifts were offered of accepted” in his city.

Coincidentally, he said the city council has a work session scheduled on February 10 to discuss the city’s relationship with the company.