Vendor suspends 2 former BMV officials under scrutiny

FILE - In this May 21, 2009 file photo, people wait to transact business at the Wethersfield , Conn. office of the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the DMV will have to "power through" a backlog in driver's licenses and other services, which has been exacerbated by a new program allowing immigrants without legal status in Connecticut to obtain licenses and learning permits. The surge comes as the DMV plans to close from Aug. 11 until Aug. 15, 2015 for major computer upgrades, which Malloy said should ultimately allow customers to do more online and free up DMV staff. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A private license branch operator has suspended two former Bureau of Motor Vehicles officials amid a state ethics investigation ordered by Gov. Mike Pence.

The Indianapolis Star reports ( ) Express MVA has placed Chief Operating Officer Shawn Walters and Director of Special Operations Robert “Pete” Wood on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the ethics investigation that Pence ordered Aug. 6 when he canceled the company’s contract with the BMV.

Wood says he’s done nothing wrong. Walters has no published telephone number and couldn’t be reached for comment.

The Star has reported Walters allowed Express MVA in 2010 to open a private license branch with state-issued workstations and access to the BMV’s computers while letting the company charge customers including auto dealerships convenience fees for title and registration work.

Information from: The Indianapolis Star,

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