State Motor Vehicles Worker Arrested For Taking Bribes

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An Office of Motor Vehicles employee was arrested Wednesday for issuing fraudulent commercial driver's licenses and commercial learners permits in East Baton Rouge Parish who had not taken the related tests.

Louisiana State Police said Reggie James Jr., 28, issued six permits and licenses to drivers in exchange for cash, news outlets reported. James faces one count each of malfeasance in office and public bribery and six counts of injuring public records.

An arrest warrant for James said the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles complained to Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft about an employee of its Baton Rouge location being paid $800 cash in exchange for processing a CDL for someone who never took a test. Following an investigation, James was found to have allegedly issued a total of six CDLs and/ or Commercial Learner’s Permits to customers who either did not take the test or failed the test, according to his arrest warrant.

In one instance, James accepted $1,300 from a driver who had not passed the test, troopers said.

The alleged crimes occurred between Feb. 4 and March 25.

The OMV has contacted those accused of buying the license and they have a limited amount of time to respond before the license is suspended, officials said.

James has been placed on administration leave, authorities said.