For Immediate Release - January 15, 2010

Registry of Motor Vehicles Employee Arrested, Arraigned in Connection with Bribery and Falsification of Driver's Licenses in Registry of Motor Vehicles Scheme

HAVERHILL - Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announces that an employee of the Haverhill branch of the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) was arrested yesterday by Massachusetts State Police in connection with operating a scheme to accept bribes in exchange for the issuance of full driver licenses to people who were not eligible for legitimate licenses. Lyn Toscano, age 39, of Haverhill, is charged with Bribery, Falsification of a Driver's License and Conspiracy.

In August 2009, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office began an investigation after the matter had been referred by the RMV. Investigators discovered that Toscano allegedly told an associate that she could secure a Massachusetts driver's license for a fee for individuals who were disqualified from obtaining licenses lawfully.

Investigators discovered that Toscano completed numerous out of state license conversions at the RMV for her customers. Authorities allege that all of the out of state license conversions had been completed by overriding various computer system requests for information. By allegedly overriding these required transactions, Toscano allowed people to receive licenses without taking a written and/or road test, or without having a valid social security number or valid out of state license per RMV requirements. Authorities allege that at least 31 licenses were unlawfully issued in exchange for bribes.

Yesterday, Massachusetts State Police arrested Toscano at her place of employment and then transported to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Newbury where she was subsequently released on bail. Today, Toscano was arraigned in Haverhill District Court where she pled not guilty, and is currently being held on $1,000 cash bail. Upon her release on bail, Toscano will be monitored by electronic bracelet. She scheduled to appear in court on February 18, 2010, for a pre-trial conference.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Tom Ralph, Chief of Attorney General Martha Coakley's Cyber Crime Division, and Assistant Attorney General Anne Yas, also of Attorney General Coakley's Cyber Crime Division, and was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office. The Massachusetts State Police Compliance Unit and the Registry of Motor Vehicles Auditors also assisted with the investigation.