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Harnett DMV worker says she was duped in alleged title scheme

Posted February 10, 2012

— A woman who handled paperwork on vehicle registrations and license plates for 34 years in Lillington said Friday that she was an unwitting participant in what state agents have called an illegal vehicle title scheme.

Janet Faye McLean, 57, of 1003 S. Second St. in Lillington, was charged last week with 113 counts each of felony title fraud, felony accessing a government computer to defraud and misdemeanor registration fraud.

Investigators with the Department of Insurance and the Division of Motor Vehicles say customers who didn't have a current identification or insurance, usually Latinos, would pay Angier insurance agent Dalia Soto Urbina $150 each to notarize their vehicle paperwork illegally.

Urbina would then take the paperwork to the Lillington License Plate Agency and paid McLean and a co-worker, Lynetta Greene, about $5,200 total over the past year to process the bad titles, authorities said.

"We've been accused of taking bribes, which I did not take," McLean said while sitting with her attorney. "I have taken no money from that insurance agent. I have no idea about her saying anything about the scheme. I have no knowledge."

The Lillington native, whom locals called a stickler for details, said she never altered any vehicle titles and noted that the paperwork Urbina brought to the office never raised any suspicions.

"Everything looked in order. All of it was there," she said. "I've never intentionally done anything wrong or caused any craziness for people."

Janet McLean, Lillington DMV fraud Woman denies taking bribes to issue questionable vehicle titles

The DMV closed the Lillington plate office, which is run by a private contractor, and the DOI is reviewing Urbina's license, although it hasn't closed her office, J&D Insurance.

Urbina, 42, of 35 Good Circle in Fuquay-Varina, is charged with 381 counts each of felony title fraud, criminal conspiracy and misdemeanor violations of motor vehicle provisions, 25 counts of obtaining property by false pretense and two counts each of forgery and notary fraud.

Greene, 35, of 170 Woodbridge Drive in Spring Lake, is charged with 260 counts each of felony title fraud, felony accessing a government computer to defraud and misdemeanor registration fraud.

McLean was presented with a key to Lillington in 2007 for her years of DMV work, and she said people in town have called her to express support in what has been a stressful week.

"I just couldn't believe it was happening," she said of her arrest. "It doesn't make any sense, and it still doesn't."

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  • papalloyd Feb 17, 2:03 p.m.

    Janet Mclean is as honest as anyone, she has always gone right by the book, never did she ever let anybody "slide", if you didn't have the paper work needed you either found it or did without. She knows her job and did it well, it seems to me that she is being used as a scape goat for those that are guilty.

  • rookj Feb 15, 1:14 p.m.

    I have dealt with Ms. McLean for the past 20 years. I've have known her to be a person who truly knows her job and honest as the day is long. There have been times when I did not have my paperwork together as I should and she sent me packing every time. I have no doubt that she was taken by a scam that probably would have gotten most of us that are commenting on this site.

  • OneLove Feb 14, 11:28 a.m.

    Is "ignorance" a legal defense? hmmm

  • gphotohound2 Feb 14, 10:41 a.m.

    If she is so easily fooled she should not work in public . guilty as charged claiming she didn't know doesn't wash .

  • jwood011 Feb 10, 7:59 p.m.

    No one else has brought this up - I've dealt with several different insurance companies in 3 different NC counties through the years, but I've NEVER had an agent go to the license plate agency for me, never had one even offer to go. That in itself smells pretty fishy to me & shows me that the insurance agent and at least one of the license plate agency employees are guilty as charged.

  • jd21 Feb 10, 7:05 p.m.

    I hope if Ms. Urbina is guilty she goes up for a very long time.She abused her position of public trust & placed everyone in this State & maybe others in direct danger for many reasons.She probably also ruined innocent people's lives.Somehow,I don't doubt the paperwork she forged & frauded was indeed totally complete appearing;since it would need to be in order to pass approval at many levels & thereby not attract attention (just as the DMV contractor lady said).A vicious circle of evil;the more Urbina got away with,the better her reputation in the "underground" world she traveled in,so more customers,ability to charge even more I'm sure (that supply & demand thing).I can't believe the Insurance Dept in this State.No wonder Agents do some hideous frauds;they get NO discipline at all.The likely guilty insurance agent is allowed to stay open & even potentially make more money,but DMV closes tag shop.We had bad agents in our county too,but they cut a deal & STAYED OPEN.What is DOI doing?

  • muggs Feb 10, 7:04 p.m.

    Everytime something like this happens the list of reasons why seem to outnumber the reasons it should not have happened,we have so many illegals on the road today and if you are in an accident with one who is uninsured legally they can move on under a new identity and you will be left held accountable,letting this women off the hook will only make others that may be doing the same thing have the confidence to continue I'm sure her age has many being more sympathetic than if she was younger but the again she should have been much wiser.

  • Retired07 Feb 10, 6:42 p.m.

    Follow the money. Those of us that use this office in the years since The Lillington Chamber lost the bid know exactly what the problem was but we dare not suggest it for profiling.

  • dollibug Feb 10, 6:26 p.m.

    The notary is only responsible for making sure that the person who signs the paperwork is the person in front of them signing the paperwork....and they are only allowed a very limited fee to do this...

  • manofgod295 Feb 10, 6:24 p.m.

    Janet is a very respectable lady. She has been with the DMV for a very long time. And for those of you who think she is unqualified think again, she has been in this job since I was a teenager and that was a long time ago. Anyone no matter how qualified they may be can be duped. Janet you are in our Prayers and thoughts. God Bless and we love you!!!

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