A western Lincoln County woman recently resigned from a Catawba County DMV office where she worked after she was accused of illegally issuing more than 50 driver’s licenses since the beginning of the year.
The DMV’s License and Theft Bureau arrested Cathy Warlick Rudisill, 62, of Vale, on May 7 on more than a dozen counts of wrongful issuance of a driver’s license, according to Marge Howell, communications officer with the DMV.
Rudisill started with a DMV office in Mecklenburg County in 2002 before transferring in 2010 to the Newton office on Smyre Road, where Howell said she was employed as the senior examiner.
An anonymous source tipped off the License and Theft Bureau the end of April about Rudisill’s alleged illegal behavior, Howell told the Times-News on Wednesday. DMV investigators further researched the accusations, later issuing warrants against Rudisill.
She’s accused of issuing 54 driver’s licenses from Jan. 1 through May 4 by manually entering information into the computer to override the required tests, saying each person had already passed.
“Usually, that information is entered automatically into the computer,” Howell said.
The state DMV spokesperson added that the licenses were being issued in a matter of minutes, five or less, when typically, the process takes closer to a half-hour.
Howell said the crime in question is not something that the License and Theft Bureau witnesses on a regular basis.
“It’s not a common thing,” she said. “We take it very seriously and want to protect the integrity of the license.”
Howell noted that if any other problems in the case arise, “immediate action” will be taken.
In addition, DMV officials are currently investigating each illegally issued license.
“We will go back and look at each document issued,” Howell said, “and if new tests need to be administered, we’ll do that or whatever each situation calls for.”
Rudisill received a $1,000 unsecured bond and is set to appear in court again on May 30.