P.O. Box 160
Mike Horan/Cathleen Lewis
RELEASE: July 8, 2008
MVC Stands Firm on Zero Tolerance Policy
(TRENTON) – Following recent arrests made in association with a vehicle document fraud ring, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chief Administrator Sharon A. Harrington today reiterated her organization’s commitment to preventing motor vehicle-related crime inside and outside of the MVC. The MVC, which uncovered the fraud ring earlier this year, was part of a four-month investigation that involved law enforcement representatives from Bergen and Monmouth Counties and the State Division of Criminal Justice.
“Time and time again, I have said that the MVC will not tolerate criminal activity of any kind,” said Harrington. “To those who may consider attempting to beat the system through document fraud or other means, I cannot be more straightforward when I say that the MVC and its law enforcement partners will not allow these crimes to go unpunished.”
When the MVC was formed five years ago, a commitment was made to the citizens of New Jersey to bring about a new generation of motor vehicle services. One of the most important ways the MVC has been able to accomplish this is through enhanced security and crime prevention measures at all levels of its operations. This included the formation of a Division of Security, Investigations and Internal Audit, enhanced document fraud training for employees and police alike, criminal background checks for all employees and a number of MVC partners (internal and external) and upgraded security features on a variety of motor vehicle documents, most importantly, the New Jersey Driver License.
Since July 2003, more than 3,500 individuals, including MVC employees, have been arrested for a variety of criminal activity. Many of these arrests have been aided by local law enforcement partners who take part in the MVC’s Law Enforcement Agency Security Enhancement Program (LEASE), which provides a uniformed police presence at a number of MVC facilities statewide. To date, 33 agencies are served by the LEASE Program.
Harrington went on to note the arrests of several other individuals in the last several months on charges of attempted bribery of an MVC employee, forgery, insurance fraud and assault of an MVC employee.
“Above all, I fully expect each of our employees to maintain the public’s confidence in how the MVC handles personal motor vehicle transactions,” added Harrington. “From our inspection facilities and agencies around the state to driver testing centers or our Trenton central operations, we have a very diligent team that is mindful of the responsibility placed upon us. The public can rest assured that swift action is taken the moment that criminal or unethical activity is uncovered.”