Mva Clerk Charged With Fraud

Police Say She Issued Herself False Registration

March 04, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

A clerk at the Motor Vehicle Administration has been charged with fraud after police arrested her Monday for issuing herself a phony registration.

Theresa K. Rice, 33, of the 5400 block of Belcrest Road in Baltimore, also was charged with theft, driving without insurance,driving with a suspended license and using a false registration card.

Investigators said Rice, a clerk in the tags and title departmentof the Glen Burnie MVA office on Ritchie Highway, took a 1992 registration sticker and issued herself a false registration card.

Although the license plates on Rice's car were revoked in 1990 when her insurance expired, she did not turn in her plates, and she put stickerson the license plates to make them look valid, said Jim Lang, an MVAspokesman.

Investigators say Rice took the stickers from a motorist who had turned in license plates. Lang said he did not know when the theft occurred.

MVA investigator Andrew Srebroski told county police about the theft Monday afternoon. Officers stopped Rice on Ritchie Highway as she left work Monday, police said.

The officers confiscated a phony registration and took the woman to Northern Districtpolice station, where she was charged. She posted a $225 bond, courtrecords show.

Lang said he did not know if the MVA would initiateproceedings against her.

MVA's licensing procedures came under attack recently after it was learned that an 18-year-old man who had left jail paid an MVA employee to alter the license of a 37-year-old man he is charged with abducting and killing.

Monday, state transportation officials announced a freeze of up to three months on the issuance of Motor Vehicle identification cards to give officials time to devise a system that reduces the risk of fraud.

Authorities will work on a centralized system that will allow them to double-check an applicant's records and mail the ID card to the person's home.

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