A motor vehicle examiner specialist at Bridgeport DMV branch has been charged with title fraud and has been placed on administrative leave.
Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles inspectors investigated for several months after the Consumer Complaint Unit learned in December of the suspected title fraud and they arrested Aarron Soares on Monday, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
Officials from the Department of Motor Vehicles said Soares was charged Monday with nine counts of second-degree forgery, nine counts of third-degree larceny, nine counts of motor vehicle title fraud and nine counts of third-degree computer crime.
Soares, a motor vehicle examiner specialist at Bridgeport DMV branch, was placed on administrative leave from the DMV, effective May 4 and the matter remains under investigation.
“We have taken strong and quick action to address this alleged misconduct and hold our employees to the highest standard,” DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra said in a statement. “While I am extremely disappointed in this incident, the vast majority of our employees are hardworking and strive to serve the public every day. ”
The matter is still under investigation and the DMV has not released any additional information.
Soares was released after posting a $100,000 court-set bond and is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on May 14.