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License plate office manager charged with embezzlement

Posted November 13, 2012 1:17 p.m. EST

— 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.