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Ex-DMV worker remains focus of ID theft investigation

Posted March 21, 2011

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— State agents continue to investigate a former North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles employee in connection with an identity theft scheme, according to search warrants released Monday.

The State Bureau of Investigation began looking at Kimberly Nicole Torres in January 2010 after copies of driver's licenses and Social Security cards were found in her desk.

Torres told an SBI agent last year that two people provided the information so she could apply for payday loans in other people's names. She said she would use a DMV computer and a computer at a public library to apply for the loans.

Once the loans were deposited into bank accounts, Torres told investigators, she would withdraw the money, take a cut and close the account.

No charges have been filed in the case, but the SBI recently searched her house in Wendell and the Knightdale home of Neicole Noel, who is described as Torres' best friend. According to the search warrants, Torres told investigators that Noel also applied for fraudulent payday loans, some as recently as January.

DMV headquarters, Division of Motor Vehicles Ex-DMV worker remains focus of ID theft investigation

Authorities said they believe Noel accessed Social Security numbers from a company database. Her employer isn't identified in the warrants.

Computers, cell phones, financial records and personal documents were seized from the two homes, according to the search warrants.

Jennifer Canada, a spokeswoman for the SBI, said the investigation is ongoing and that it's often up to local prosecutors to decide whether charges will be filed. The Wake County District Attorney's Office said a prosecutor has been assigned to the case, but it was unclear Monday whether he has had a chance to review it.

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  • donnieedwards Mar 22, 2011

    michaelclay - watch the video. They both have records as stated by the reporter. Why has it taken 15 months and the DA isn't sure if they have had a chance to review it?

  • yabo2k3 Mar 22, 2011

    Its because the State has to meet "socio-economic" and race quotas. Try getting one of the semi-lucrative solid waste positions at $18-$50 per hour. Try getting a job as a postal carrier. There are so many government jobs that must be filled to meet artificial quotas.

    Why not put the most qualified person in the job?

  • kwade005 Mar 22, 2011

    Let's just hope that there isn't any blood evidence in this case; if it is, she is definitely in trouble.

  • michaelclay Mar 22, 2011

    chevybelair57sd, maybe I missed something but I don't remember reading anything about this woman having a record.

  • chevybelair57sd Mar 22, 2011

    what is a person with a record doing working for the state with access to personal records and why is it taking so long to convict? State government continues to amaze me with their ineptitude, no wonder we're in a huge financial hole.

  • workingforthosethatwont Mar 21, 2011

    jail time!

  • mikeyj Mar 21, 2011

    HAMMER TIME!