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Ex-manager of Siler City license plate office pleads guilty

Posted September 28, 2011

— The former manager of a license plate agency in Siler City has pleaded guilty to allowing people without driver's licenses to gain titles to vehicles, authorities said Wednesday.

Margaret Tarkenton pleaded guilty on Sept. 13 to four misdemeanor registration violations and was placed on probation for a year. She also must perform 120 hours of community service and pay about $200 in restitution to the state Division of Motor Vehicles.

Following an investigation, the DMV in February shut down the license plate office that Tarkenton had operated for 20 years at 1205 N. 2nd Ave. in Siler City under a state contract.

Chatham County District Attorney Jim Woodall said that Tarkenton was checking boxes on vehicle title paperwork to certify that people had valid driver's licenses when they had no license or an expired license. There was little financial gain in the scheme, Woodall said, noting she likely skirted the rules to attract business to her office.

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  • pat7 Sep 28, 4:52 p.m.

    I bet there was some cash passed to this person

  • irishale Sep 28, 4:29 p.m.

    Thanks for your enlightening lecture on what I really meant, irishale.....maybe you missed the "Sarcastic" in 'Sarcastcles.

    Hey... no need to explain it to me, I was agreeing with you.

  • chevybelair57sd Sep 28, 3:58 p.m.

    Right on SmokeWagon, welcome to one of the states where common sense doesn't exist in politics but good ole boys do.

  • wa4dou Sep 28, 3:33 p.m.

    "(The point was, since you so obviously missed it, was that illegal immigrants aren't known for having a valid NC driver's license. I hope this explanation helps you understand.) ;)"

    Do you need reminding that, for years, NC was a "hotspot" in the country for the ease with which illegals could get a license?

  • SmokeWagon Sep 28, 3:07 p.m.

    It's amazing that illegals must have LEGAL ID and or LEGAL drivers license as ID to get a title changed (IT's THE LAW)...however they can vote for their Nobama and other entitlement sellers, get welfare, WIC, EBT's, free lunches, schooling, housing and Dr's care without so much as being able to speak english..!!!

  • Shelley Cooper Sep 28, 2:49 p.m.

    put her in jail making license plates

  • FairPlay Sep 28, 2:35 p.m.

    How very strange....don't most people have a driver's license that need to title a vehicle? ;)

    Sarc......

    Having a license is required for ID so that they have s record in case it was forged or a fake document. It has nothing to do with driving but most people who get a title do drive. I live near Siler City and that place is over run with illegals who hold up lines trying to get by with some things. They never have documents for ID and some titles looked very strange and were never filled out properly, and they cause hassles.

  • SARCASTICLES Sep 28, 2:04 p.m.

    Thanks for your enlightening lecture on what I really meant, irishale.....maybe you missed the "Sarcastic" in 'Sarcastcles.

    (The point was, since you so obviously missed it, was that illegal immigrants aren't known for having a valid NC driver's license. I hope this explanation helps you understand.) ;)

  • tran Sep 28, 1:40 p.m.

    "I do hope they put a license bureau back in Siler City for the convenience of the people of that town and near-by."

    Well don't hold your breath. The same thing happened at the license bureau in Lexington in mid 2009 and it still hasn't reopened.

  • wildcat Sep 28, 1:37 p.m.

    WHAT DO MR. TARKENTON THINK OF HIS WIFE NOW THAT THE TRUTH IS OUT. BOY, SHE REALLY HAD HIM FOOLED. WILL THERE NOW BE A DIVORCE?

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