A longtime Motor Vehicle Administration employee has been charged administratively with taking a bribe and suspended from his job, officials said yesterday.
The action came Saturday after the employee was offered a bribe by an undercover police officer posing as a truck driver at the MVA's Glen Burnie office, said W. Marshall Rickert, MVA administrator.
The worker, a hearing examiner whom officials declined to identify, allegedly accepted money to pass the undercover policeman on his written examination for a commercial driver's license.
Criminal charges against the employee are expected to be filed shortly by the Anne Arundel state's attorney's office, Mr. Rickert said.
Concern over the integrity of the MVA has mounted in recent weeks in wake of the Dontay Carter case. The 18-year-old Baltimore murder suspect allegedly bribed an MVA clerk in the Mondawmin office in order to obtain a duplicate driver's license in the name of a 37-year-old man police claim he killed.
Mr. Rickert denied any suggestion that the investigation of the Glen Burnie employee was a reaction to security concerns, however.
"This kind of investigation is not unique. We've had close to a dozen such cases in the last three or four years," Mr. Rickert said.