Bagman says he handed over $557000 in money bribes during lunches

January 13, 2016 - table lamp

The certified bagman in a temptation intrigue that brought red light cameras to Chicago testified Wednesday that he upheld envelopes pressed with thousands in income during a time to a city central over a list during Manny’s deli, a prohibited mark for domestic energy lunches.

“It was generally in Manila envelopes,” pronounced Martin O’Malley, 75, who told jurors he collected about $2 million in fraudulent commissions over a decadelong conspiracy. “Sometimes there would be other people there with us, though they couldn’t tell what was happening.

“It looked like support we was giving him,” O’Malley pronounced underneath doubt from U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, who is heading a charge of John Bills, a former No. 2 central in a city’s Department of Transportation.

O’Malley, a initial pivotal declare to testify, pronounced he upheld $557,000 in income to Bills during dozens of lunch meetings with his crony during Manny’s and other favorite eateries.

He used many of a other income he perceived from camera businessman Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. to squeeze — during Bills’ ask — a car, a boat, pricey hotel stays, golf outings, craft tickets, meals, even an Arizona condominium.

He pronounced Redflex paid him fraudulent commissions each time a new camera complement was commissioned in Chicago.

“I put it in a bank, paid taxes on it and gave a rest to John Bills,” O’Malley said. “A lot of times he would tell me what he wanted, many customarily over a phone.

Bills indicted of usurpation hotel stays, sports tickets, condo and income bribes

Bills indicted of usurpation hotel stays, sports tickets, condo and income bribes

In his colorful 32-year career with a city, John Bills rode his domestic connectors to arise from travel flare upkeep male to a tip Transportation Department central obliged for flourishing Chicago’s fledgling red-light camera program.

This week, Bills, a longtime domestic user to…

In his colorful 32-year career with a city, John Bills rode his domestic connectors to arise from travel flare upkeep male to a tip Transportation Department central obliged for flourishing Chicago’s fledgling red-light camera program.

This week, Bills, a longtime domestic user to…

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“Sometimes he would email ‘let’s get together for lunch and plead a 8-page speed results,'” O’Malley said. “That indicated to me he wanted $8,000.”

The temptation intrigue was initial disclosed in a Chicago Tribune in 2012 after a journal performed an inner Redflex memo that minute a plot.

In sell for a bribes, Bills is charged with steering multimillion-dollar contracts to Redflex, coaching executives, permitting them to assistance write agreement specifications, sabotaging competitors and flourishing a complement to a largest camera network in a country.

Bills’ profession will review O’Malley when a hearing resumes Thursday during a Dirksen U.S. Courthouse.

According to O’Malley, he met Bills during an Alcoholics Anonymous assembly on a South Side in 2002. Bills after set him adult with a consulting pursuit with Redflex, he said.

O’Malley removed from a declare mount going to a talk during Redflex domicile in Phoenix.

“They pronounced they were looking for someone in a $30,000 range,” O’Malley testified. “And we pronounced that wasn’t me, that we was looking for something some-more like $60,000.

“They immune themselves for 15 mins and came behind and told me they could work with that.”

O’Malley pronounced it was Bills who negotiated for his remunerative commissions formed on each new camera complement installed.

Fardon spent many of a afternoon display jurors a email communications, profits and spreadsheet summaries of all a expenditures O’Malley pronounced he done “at a ask of John Bills.”

Those enclosed several checks totaling $5,500 to a vaunted 13th Ward domestic classification of absolute House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Bills rose by a ranks during City Hall as partial of Madigan’s clientele army, portion as a tip patrol captain and fundraiser for a longtime Democratic politician.

Fardon questioned O’Malley about emails he wrote to his bosses during Redflex about meetings Bills had with Madigan and former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley when Redflex was operative to enhance a red light camera module to embody speed cameras.

“Absolutely,” O’Malley pronounced about Redflex’s seductiveness in speed cameras. “It was a extensive volume of money.”

He pronounced Redflex was operative to take caring of Bills even after he late in 2011, by orchestrating work with a Chicago consulting organisation it hired to assistance get a speed camera contract.

“He went to work during Resolute (Consulting),” O’Malley pronounced of Bills. “Resolute ran a debate for a new mayor, Mayor Emanuel,” he testified. “They have good connectors to a new mayor, so Redflex motionless to sinecure them to boost their connectors to him.”

Resolute owners Greg Goldner has concurred employing Bills to work for a Redflex-funded nonprofit classification though has denied any indiscretion connected with a contract. Goldner has domestic ties to both Rahm Emanuel and Daley. He was Emanuel’s debate manager in his initial run for Congress.

Earlier Wednesday, Bills’ attorney, Nishay Sanan, non-stop his invulnerability by giving jurors a authority on a Chicago Way. He confirmed that Bills didn’t have a poke to harmonise a intrigue of such magnitude.

“In a city of Chicago, if we are going to cheat someone, we go to an alderman, we go to a president, we go to a mayor,” Sanan told jurors in his opening statement. “You go to someone who has a energy to do it.

“John Bills did not have a ability, a power, a control, a change or a precedence to approach that agreement to Redflex,” he said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Storino told jurors that Bills indeed wielded a energy during City Hall to lift off a decadelong conspiracy.

“This is a box about open corruption,” Storino said. “It’s a box of a high-level city central who had power, who disregarded a open trust for one reason, and that reason was fervour to line his possess pockets.

“This box is not about red light cameras, either or not they are good or bad, either or not they are effective or ineffective,” he said. “It’s about a city routine that was depraved and exploited by a miserly open official.”

But even as he attempted to apart a charges opposite Bills from jurors’ opinions on a unpopular cameras, he also asked that they cruise that Bills’ intrigue resulted in some-more cameras and some-more trade tickets.

“His elect structure was privately tied to a series of cameras commissioned around a city,” Storino said.

Sanan pronounced a whole box opposite Bills relies on a jury judging a credit of O’Malley and dual other purported co-conspirators who are testifying after slicing deals with prosecutors.

“At a finish of this case, they will have failed,” Sanan said. “Not usually will they have failed, though they will have unsuccessful miserably since they have to rest on 3 liars.”

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