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RALEIGH — A state House committee heard crucial testimony Monday in itsinvestigation of a payoff to a former DMV employee.

Former Divsion of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Alexander Killens and formerDeputyTransportation Secretary Fred Aikens took turns in the hot seat, answeringquestions about AlgieToomer -- a former DMV officer who received a new job at the Departmentof Human Resources and a $100,000 settlement fromthe state in March after threatening tofile a suit. Toomer alleged thatDMVofficials harrassed, threatened,and falsely investigated him.

Toomer also said that some DMV officers were jealous of his rise toprominence as Commissioner Killens' personal driver. However, Killenstestified that there was no special treatment for Toomer.

As far as the state's settlement with Toomer, former Deputy TransportationSecretary Fred Aikens said that many people at the Department ofTransportation were hesitant tosign it. Aikens said that he did not sign the settlement for manyreasons.

Toomer, being represented by the North Carolina Police BenevolentAssociation, was unavailable for comment Monday evening.

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