Source: Derek Prall, American City and County, June 24, 2013
The New Orleans Inspector General’s Office, in a joint effort with the FBI, exposed a group of New Orleans police officers getting paid to review photo citations off-the-clock. The New Orleans Inspector General, E.R. Quatrevaux, released a report detailing how New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Eighth District Commander Edwin Hosli formed a Limited Liability Company called Anytime Solutions, allegedly to conceal his role in the management of an off-duty detail reviewing traffic camera violation images. The Inspector General’s report notes it is against NOPD policy for an officer to form a company to manage a detail, and an ethics violation for a New Orleans employee to contract with the city. Anytime Solutions billed Affiliated Computer Services, the company originally tasked with reviewing red light footage, $9,075 for its “services,” with Hosli collecting $2,055 directly over a four-and-a-half-month period, according to TheNewspaper.com, an online driving-issues journal….
…The report states that in September 2010, Anytime Traffic Solutions, who had by then contracted Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) to handle red light camera violation tickets, began using “Hosli’s Detail Officers.” The report states Mendoza “admitted that he violated procedures by not notifying his superiors that he was expanding ACS’s contract. He also admitted that he again violated procedures by not bringing this to the attention of the City Council, for the purpose of expanding ACS’s contract.”
Louisiana: Cops Used Red Light Cameras For Personal Profit / Cops in New Orleans, Louisiana set up a company to earn extra personal cash from red light camera tickets
Source: TheNewspaper.com, June 17, 2013
…The unusual arrangement began with the city’s contract with Affiliated Computer Services (ACS, now Xerox) to collect parking tickets. In 2010, the red light camera vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) subcontracted photo ticket collections to ACS, a firm that would ordinarily would be considered a competitor since it also runs turnkey red light camera programs in other jurisdictions. Another unusual aspect of the program came about when then-Police Chief Warren Riley insisted no on-duty police officers could be spared to “review” the photo tickets generated by ATS and processed by ACS. As a result, ACS began using a off-duty officers who were paid to approve tickets as part of what became known as “Hosli’s detail officers.” Robert Mendoza, then the head of the city’s public works department, was responsible for setting up the deal….
Report of Inquiry into The selection of New Orleans Police Officer Edwin Hosli to Coordinate the Red Light Camera Detail
Source: Office of Inspector General, City of New Orleans, Final Report, June 14, 2013
The Investigations Division of the Office of Inspector General conducted an investigation into the facts surrounding how New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) 8th District Commander Edwin Hosli obtained the “Detail” to manage the review of traffic camera violation images, also known as the red light cameras. The investigation concluded that Commander Hosli formed a Limited Liability Company (LLC) called Anytime Solutions through which he managed the aforementioned Detail. This was in violation of NOPD policy. The investigation found that the former Director of Public Works, Robert Mendoza, violated City policy by improperly expanding the Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) contract. …
NOPD Chief Serpas did not help his pal Hosli get lucrative detail, inspector general finds
Source: Naomi Martin, Times-Picayune, June 14, 2013
…It was actually Lt. Joseph Valiente who helped get Hosli the job, according to the report. In August 2010, city Department of Public Works operations chief Zepporiah Edmonds approached Valiente, an acquaintance, and asked if he knew anyone who could manage the detail. Valiente suggested Hosli, who was then the commander of the 8th District, which patrols the French Quarter. Edmonds told investigators she picked Hosli based on that recommendation.
Aside from Hosli, only one other city employee was disciplined in the matter: then-Public Works Director Robert Mendoza. He was fired in August 2011.
Mendoza violated city policies by improperly expanding the contract of Affiliated Computer Services, the company that handles parking tickets and booting for the city. That company subcontracted with Hosli’s firm to process the city’s payments to him; an ACS manager is quoted in the report as saying that ACS served as a “pass through” for Hosli’s company to be reimbursed by the city indirectly.
Mendoza did not notify his superiors in the administration or the City Council about expanding the ACS contract to include the payments for off-duty cops, the report says.