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DMV head: Nothing to link phone contract, gifts

Posted September 29, 2009 4:50 p.m. EDT
Updated September 29, 2009 5:49 p.m. EDT

— The commissioner of North Carolina's Division of Motor Vehicles says there's no evidence linking a phone company contract to gifts and meals provided by its workers to state employees.

Commissioner Mike Robertson told reporters Tuesday that Verizon Business says more than 60 state workers or their family members received restaurant meals, hockey tickets and other benefits from company employees.

The State Bureau of Investigation has been asked to look at what happened. Robertson says the SBI is also investigating what's happened to some undelivered computers.

Robertson says no current employees have yet been disciplined and it appears there's no evidence that the gifts had a role in expanding a Verizon state contract.