Gwinnett County school officials solicited a $3,500 donation this year from a traffic safety company while the firm was under consideration for a multimillion-dollar contract to install cameras on school buses, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation has found.
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Gwinnett County’s bid review, Page 33
“In our due diligence, GCPS was made aware of a Redflex Corruption Scandal involving the City of Chicago and their Red-light camera contract. There were apparent bribery and illegal payments made between various parties, including certain high level Redflex executives and Chicago City Project managers. This resulted in Redflex losing its Red-Light contract with the City of Chicago, and for now precluded Redflex from consideration in their School Bus Stop Arm programs.
As a result of audits and Redflex’s own internal investigation, those Redflex individuals were terminated. Since the SmartBus School Bus Stop Arm Camera division operated independently from the Red-Light division, there were never any accusations or evidence of involvement from Smartbus personnel. In fact, the SmartBus executives have since replaced the Redflex executives in question. Further Redflex internal audit procedures have been put in place to avoid situations like this in the future.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in August that Gwinnett County Public Schools had awarded a contract to Redflex Traffic Systems without informing school board officials about allegations that the company was involved in a $2 million, decade-long bribery scheme. Today’s story, based on emails the AJC obtained through a request under the Open Records Act, reports that a school system official, on behalf of a state association, requested a donation three weeks before Redflex received the contract.