Earlier this week I posted a tidbit
taken from the St. Louis American
's Political Eye column.
The Political Eye reported how dark horse mayoral candidate Denise Watson-Wesley Coleman
entered a lucrative, $160,000 contract back in 2006 to do debt collection work for the city's red-light camera vendor, American Traffic Solutions
As it turns out, even though Coleman's name appears on a contract forged between the city and ATS, the provision between ATS and Coleman was never actually tendered. That is, Coleman never did work for ATS and the company never paid her for collection services.
Yesterday the Political Eye wrote an article explaining last week's mishap:
On Friday, a lawyer representing ATS named Jane E. Dueker contacted the
American claiming the company had never paid Watson-Wesley (Coleman) a
dime. Dueker said Watson-Wesley (Coleman) had in fact agreed to be a
part of ATS' bid with the City (filed June 9, 2006) as provider of
collection services. However, Dueker wrote, "when the City selected ATS
for its services on October 19, 2006, it declined the collection option
offered by ATS."Dueker
is an attorney with downtown law firm Stinson Morrison Hecker and once served as chief of staff to former Missouri Governor Bob Holden
. Dueker, working on behalf of ATS, helped several Missouri cities draft legislation
allowing for the use of the controversial red-light cameras.
Meanwhile, as I wrote last month
, the city has since contracted with San Antonio law firm Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson
to collect on unpaid red-light camera tickets.