More charges have been filed against a Lincoln County woman accused of improperly handing out driver’s licenses at the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Newton where she worked.
North Carolina DMV Communications Officer Marge Howell told the Times-News earlier this week that 62-year-old Vale resident, Cathy Warlick Rudisill, now faces 28 felony counts of wrongful issuance of a driver’s license.
Early last month, the License and Theft Bureau charged Rudisill with 13 felony counts. Howell said the charges more than doubled on May 29.
DMV officials are still questioning Rudisill’s motive.
“There’s no evidence at this point that any money changed hands because of this,” Howell said.
Rudisill issued more than 54 licenses to customers from January through May 4 by manually entering information into the computer, overriding the required tests, according to DMV officials. The typical 30-minute process was cut down to just five minutes, they said.
An anonymous source tipped off License and Theft Bureau investigators last month about the state employee’s alleged behavior, according to DMV.
Rudisill has since resigned from the Newton office where she worked as a senior examiner since 2010. She started out her career at a Mecklenburg County DMV office in 2002.
Rudisill is set to appear in a Catawba County courtroom on June 28.
The investigation is ongoing, Howell said, and DMV officials are currently in the process of interviewing individuals who received licenses from Rudisill. They will determine whether or not new licenses should be issued.