Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), a red light camera company in Texas, could be facing charges of operating a private investigation business without a license.; court proceedings are to be continued today in Dallas. A judge presiding over a civil matter found the company to be in violation of the Texas state law that requires all commercial firms who provide evidence for use in court to have a private investigation agency license which proves that all company employees have passed strict criminal background checks and licensing requirements with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Private Security Bureau
Dallas attorney, Lloyd Ward, filed the law suit against ACS after the company allegedly mailed a ticket to his residence.
Texas Occupation Code Section 1702.101 states that “Unless the person holds a license as an investigations company, a person may not… offer to perform the services of an investigations company. A person acts as an investigations company for the purposes of this chapter if the person engages in the business of obtaining or furnishing… information related to… crime or wrongs done; or… engages in the business of securing… evidence for use before a court, board, officer, or investigating committee… furnishing information includes information obtained or furnished through the review and analysis of, and the investigation into the content of, computer-based data not available to the public.”
If ACS is found guilty on criminal charges potentially being brought by the state they could face the possible maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $4000 fine.
You can read the Summary of Judgment here:
Edited for clarity on 12/5/08.