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DMV closes Robeson plate office amid fraud probe

Posted September 1, 2011

— The state Division of Motor Vehicles has closed a license plate agency in Robeson County after two employees and a third person were charged with fraud, officials said Thursday.

A month-long investigation into the St. Pauls agency, at 210 W. Blue St., which contracts with the state to provide vehicle registration services, title transactions and license plate renewals, by DMV License and Theft Bureau inspectors led to the closure Wednesday and the Thursday morning arrests.

Agency manager Edna Muse was charged with 24 felony counts each of title fraud and accessing a government computer for fraud and two counts of aiding and abetting notary fraud..

Employee Cynthia Taylor was charged with 136 counts each of title fraud and accessing a government computer for fraud, 74 counts of aiding and abetting notary fraud and 110 misdemeanor counts of using fraud in the application for a vehicle title.

Also, Marlene Renvill, an employee of North Carolina Insurance Services of Red Springs, was charged with six counts each of title fraud and aiding and abetting notary fraud and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

All three women were released on bond.

Officials declined to provide details of the investigation, which they said would likely lead to more charges.

Area residents needing to use a license plate agency can go to one at 220 N. Chestnut St. in Lumberton or 5537 McPhail St. in Hope Mills, officials said.

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  • bigal02282 Sep 1, 6:56 p.m.

    Rebel, they were overcharging (taking bribes in essence) to submit false title and insurance information. This was a private contractor, so no State employees were involved. Based upon the sheer number of instances, if they don't see jail time, they will be paying for it for a long time. But the really sad part is that we have a lot of drivers on the road that have absolutely no business being there. Cars that couldn't pass an inspection if they tried, no operators license, no insurance and more. We see these things every day, and there are at least 4 or 5 bad wrecks on 87 in front of the Smithfield packing plant every week. It's dangerous enough without being sold out by people we thought we could trust.

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 1, 5:30 p.m.

    Contactor for the state, taking money they shouldn't be taken. Yet they won't see no jail time. While this is a white collar crime, it hurts those who are trying to make a living and be honest. If they don't see jail time ,make sure the fine is such that it'll deter others from making the same decision.

  • davisgw Sep 1, 5:17 p.m.

    They were not state employees. The agency operates under private contract to the state.

  • cantstandya Sep 1, 4:30 p.m.

    A good place to let another couple state employees go,and you won't have to give them unemployment.

  • bigal02282 Sep 1, 3:53 p.m.

    According to the Fay Observer, the ladies had been taking payments in excess of the regular amounts to process paperwork. It explains why so many cars that don't look like they coud roll 10 feet without falling apart managed to get tags. No way they would pass inspections under regular circumstances. Sad day...

  • wildcat Sep 1, 2:42 p.m.

    Same thing happen in Siler City. Now the people have to go to Asheboro or Sanford.