NC audit: Workers unauthorized to commute with state vehicles

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina auditors say two Division of Motor Vehicles employees used government vehicles for unauthorized work commutes over three years, resulting in $90,000 in state expense.

State Auditor Beth Wood's office released findings Tuesday based on a complaint.

Auditors determined an unnamed license and theft bureau inspector drove daily from his home in Washington, North Carolina, to Raleigh to work on special projects for top DMV officials at the time. The report says his boss didn't formally OK the long commute.

The "unnecessary daily travel time" occurred between Jan. 2014 and Dec. 2016.

The audit also found a Triad-area employee used a state vehicle to commute without reimbursing the state. That employee derived over $5,600 dollars in personal benefit by commuting in a state vehicle from Jan. 2014 and Jan. 2017, the audit says.

Auditors say two agencies failed to properly review the vehicle-use application.

Current DMV Commissioner Torre Jessup wrote problems are being addressed, while pointing out the vehicle issues occurred during the previous administration.

Jessup said his office is "now reviewing all vehicle assignments."

In a statenent to CBS North Carolina, DMV spokeswoman Marge Howell sent a statement saying:

"We are working to strengthen our policies and procedures to ensure this does not happen again."

In addition to asking for better oversight, the auditor says the Department of Transportation should require repayment of the benefits or change the employees W-2 forms to reflect the taxable fringe benefit they received.


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