From Times Union Capitol Confidential
A veteran Department of Motor Vehicles employee who works in, you guessed it, the Driver Improvement Unit, has been arrested on felony charges of computer trespassing and computer tampering as well as misdemeanor misconduct for allegedly trying to get a friends name off the list of people who must use interlock devices.
Sherri Freitas, 43, of Ravena, as caught allegedly entering the DMV system, according to a release by acting Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott.
Here are the details:
Acting State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott announced the arrest of a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employee who allegedly removed the ignition interlock restriction from another individual’s driver’s license after that individual was convicted for driving while intoxicated. Drivers with the interlock restriction are required to breathe into an ignition interlock device, which is similar to a breathalyzer, to ensure they are not intoxicated before driving their car.
Sherri Freitas, 43, of Ravena, is charged with two counts of Tampering with Public Records in the First Degree, a class D felony; two counts of Computer Trespass, a class E felony; two counts of Computer Tampering in the Third Degree, a class E felony; and three counts of Official Misconduct , a misdemeanor. Freitas was arraigned today in Albany City Court before the Hon. William Carter and released on her own recognizance.
“By changing the DMV restriction levels, the defendant not only exceeded her authority as a DMV employee but potentially compromised public safety. These actions revealed a serious lapse in oversight that DMV has since corrected,” said Acting Inspector General Scott. “Thankfully this misconduct was uncovered before anyone was harmed.”
On two separate occasions, Freitas allegedly accessed the DMV computer network files pertaining to an individual known to her and removed the ignition interlock restriction from that individual’s DMV record ….MORE