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License plate office manager charged with embezzlement

Posted November 13, 2012

— The woman who operated the license plate office in Chapel Hill for more than a decade has been charged with embezzling money from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, authorities said Tuesday.

The DMV charged Caprina Kirkpatrick, 43, with embezzlement on Tuesday, a week after closing the license plate office in University Mall.

Officials said an internal review turned up monthly discrepancies, starting early this year, between money coming in to the Chapel Hill office and the amount deposited on a timely basis into the state's bank account.

Kirkpatrick, who had operated the office under a state contract since 1999, denied any wrongdoing in an interview with WRAL News after the closure.

The DMV has contracts for 122 license plate offices across the state. The offices provide vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals.

Officials have closed two other license plate offices this year and four in 2011 for violations ranging from accounting irregularities to knowingly processing fraudulent paperwork to not keeping the right hours.

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  • btneast Nov 15, 11:22 a.m.

    Do these places not have a checks and balances system?

    You'd think because they're sanctioned by the state, the state would require that.

    That is the real problem. Yes, she was wrong, but the fact she got by with it for so long indicates that the State doesn't audit diddly squat. What she did is bad, but the State not catching it for 10 years is even worse.

  • btneast Nov 15, 11:18 a.m.

    All I want to say is if these offices are run by private contractors, WTH are they not OPEN ON WEEKENDS therefore competitive?

    The fee structure is mandated by the state, so they cannot "compete" with other agencies in that manner.

  • southerntalent Nov 14, 3:42 p.m.

    All I want to say is if these offices are run by private contractors, WTH are they not OPEN ON WEEKENDS therefore competitive? It is unnerving to take time off of work to stand in line waiting for the next counter drone.

    due to it being a state office,they have to communicate with the state dmv computers,even the voice system doesn't give info after state hours at dmv

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Nov 14, 1:45 p.m.

    Do these places not have a checks and balances system?

    You'd think because they're sanctioned by the state, the state would require that.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 14, 9:10 a.m.

    This lady has been under contract for 13 years, long before ARRA existed. I'm not against publicizing their religious preference, though.

    miseem
    November 14, 2012 8:41 a.m........You maybe right, but I thought this has been around a lot longer.

  • rlwieland Nov 14, 8:55 a.m.

    You know they should just let her go. I am sure she needed the money and they have plenty of it. We live in the age of Obama no one should be held accountable and if they have the money, she deserved it.

  • miseem Nov 14, 8:41 a.m.

    How come so many people on the right keep sying private industry can do the work of government so much better and more efficiently. Privatize, Privatize, Privatize! Then, when a private company gets caught stealing or underperforming, the same group gripes that these private businesses should not be handling "government" work. Of course, we all know that private companies will always act on behalf of the public "ARRA Funding, women and minorities preferred status, and country of origin" not withstanding. Of course, I'm not sure how ARRA got into storchheim's post. This lady has been under contract for 13 years, long before ARRA existed. I'm not against publicizing their religious preference, though.

  • storchheim Nov 13, 7:13 p.m.

    Whenever a private company is caught ripping off the taxpayers, its ARRA Funding, "women and minorities preferred" status, and country of origin should be disclosed.

  • storchheim Nov 13, 7:07 p.m.

    "Why is DMV subcontracting to some private owner/business its important functions?! Is this not a predictable, known security risk for people to be able to issue DRIVER'S LICENSES and take money for doing so?"

    Oh, don't worry, the DMV will recommend they have additional training so they understand they're not supposed to do this.

  • 4Strikes Nov 13, 6:57 p.m.

    "This is just another form of CORRUPTION AND COVER UP....it is all over the country....IF people would just open up their eyes and know when to check on things....so many people are able to get by with so much....especially in the government run agencies...."

    This is the result of Affirmative Action. Corruption and incompetence is rampant throughout all government agencies and will continue to get worse.

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