State officials shut down Murphy DMV office
Murphy – State officials shut down the Murphy License Plate Agency for contract violations and possible violation of state law.
Plainclothes officers with badges and guns declined to comment at the scene Tuesday afternoon as they collected evidence related to the case.
A spokesperson with the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles confirmed the agency had opened an investigation, but would not comment further on the allegations. However, officials issued a press release stating the license plate agency was being investigated by the DMV’s License and Theft Bureau and the DMV Program Accountability unit.
“Investigators determined the activity warranted closure of the office and cancellation of its contract,” the press release says.
The Murphy office had been in operation since 2000. DMV officials will conduct a final inventory audit of the agency, and remove equipment and supplies belonging to the state.
The investigation remains ongoing, according to DMV officials, and charges are pending. Officials are working to reopen a license plate agency in Cherokee County as soon as possible. In the meantime, residents who need license plate services are asked to visit a location in either Hayesville, Robbinsville or Franklin.
Services such as property tax payments and registration renewals can be completed online at MyNCDMV.gov.
Look for more on this developing story in the May 22 edition of the Cherokee Scout.