For Immediate Release - December 17, 2014

Former RMV Employee Indicted in Connection with Taking More Than $30,000 From Multiple Inspection Station Owners

Allegedly Used Extortion and Larcenous Schemes to Take Money for Personal Use

DEDHAM – A former employee of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has been indicted in connection with taking more than $30,000 from multiple inspection station owners through extortion and larcenous schemes, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

Steven J. King, age 47, of Marshfield, was indicted on Tuesday by a Norfolk Grand Jury on charges of Attempted Extortion (6 counts), Larceny by False Pretenses (8 counts), and Unwarranted Use of Privilege (3 counts). He will be arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court at a later date.

“We allege that this defendant abused his position of authority to extort, threaten and steal tens of thousands of dollars from hardworking business owners,” AG Coakley said. “He allegedly exploited these victims to illegally take money for his own personal use.”

The AG’s Office began an investigation in February 2014 after the matter was referred by the RMV. From October 2006 to October 2014, King was an RMV field investigator who was assigned to oversee stations that were licensed to do vehicle inspections. His job was to ensure that inspection stations were complying with RMV rules and regulations.

Authorities allege that between 2010 and 2013, King stole more than $30,000 from multiple inspection station owners using various schemes, one in which he allegedly threatened station owners with violations or with shutting down their inspection machines unless they paid him money. In another alleged scheme, he falsely told station owners that he needed money in exchange for assisting them with the process of applying for an inspection license. 

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Erika Anderson of AG Coakley’s Public Integrity Division, with assistance from Financial Investigators Jaclyn Morrill and John Hubbard, and State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office. The Massachusetts RMV, which reported this misconduct to the AG’s Office, cooperated fully and provided assistance throughout the investigation.