FIRST ON WITN: DMV District Supervisor Quits State Job After Arrest

A North Carolina DMV manager, who was arrested Friday on theft charges in Duplin County, has resigned.

Bill Toman was responsible for overseeing and preventing theft for the DMV in 12 counties. He was in a Duplin County courtroom Monday morning for a first appearance.

Toman was charged Friday with felony possession of stolen goods, obstruction of justice and misuse of confidential information. Among other things, he is accused of stealing three lawn mowers back in January, worth more than $10,000. Officials say they were tipped off about them in July.

Toman was a district supervisor with the DMV in Fayetteville. He was placed on leave Friday from his $73,843 a year state job.

Toman’s attorney faxed the letter of resignation to the DMV.

“It is always painful to see a member of the law enforcement community arrested,” said Commissioner of Motor Vehicles Mike Robertson. “As any citizen would, Mr. Toman will receive his day in court. While we are saddened by this occurrence, we will not let this kind of behavior taint the good work being done by honest DMV employees across this state.”

Toman's attorney spoke briefly to reporters after the court hearing "We have nothing to say at this time, we are going to wait to make a statement until this plays out in court," said Gerald Beaver.

District Attorney Dewey Hudson commented, "citizens must have trust in public officials in order for government to run smoothly, this is frustrating and disturbing."

Toman's next court date is December 18th.

Original Story

A district supervisor for the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has been arrested in Duplin County by state and federal authorities.

The district attorney says Bill Toman of Fayetteville is charged with felony possession of stolen goods, obstruction of justice and misuse of confidential information.

D.A. Dewey Hudson says the arrest came after a joint investigation by the FBI, the SBI and the DMV.

The 51-year-old Toman is scheduled to have his first appearance in Duplin County Monday morning. Hudson says Toman is the district supervisor in the license and theft section for the DMV.

Hudson tells WITN News that the investigation centered on stolen tractors and other equipment. Toman was released after posting a $50,000 bond.

The DMV says Toman is now on investigatory leave with pay.

They say he began working as a district supervisor in January 2006 and his current salary is $73,843.

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  • by RADIO Location: YOURTOWN on Sep 28, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    He took the oath also,I quest the oath don't mean nothing any more.That was my lawnmower!!!!!
  • by HOWEVER Location: ANYWERE on Sep 25, 2009 at 01:39 PM
    I quest he is not included in that E-MAIL,DMV is part of the NCSHP.Crime is everywere!!!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2009 at 03:06 PM
    "Posted by: Someone on Sep 20, 2009 at 11:02 AM He has not be convicted of a thing and yet you are all talking like you know for a fact he committed these crimes. " This is the standard attitude when a white person commits a crime, however the "innocent until proven guilty" attitude doesnt seem to apply to other demographics. You say "others" commit most of the crime? Look at the recent stories-- Its getting a little light up here...!
  • by Moderatprs Nightmare on Sep 21, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    WOW, It's UO. Mac isn't any worse than the chief of police we have in Greenville. Where's your dirt on him?
  • by wow Location: enc on Sep 21, 2009 at 01:00 PM
    There is corruption in the whole good ole boy system here in eastern North Carolina. Pitt County is one of the worst. They have a Sheriff who refused to investigate or charge his deputy for crimes she committed and the judges who conspire to help the sheriff push things under the rug. What a pathetic system of government that we have. I hope that all those who are corrupt are exposed and the good ole boy system gets pulled out from its roots.
  • by get it?N.C politics Location: All over the state. on Sep 21, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    I knew a man who was going to retire from the dept of transportation he always wanted a nice boat.Another man who wanted the job said if you can get me your job when you retire I can arrange for you to get the boat you always wanted.guess who got the job? and guess who got a new boat?
  • by pete Location: grifton on Sep 21, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    Maybe I shouldn't open my mouth but here it is.I knew people in the D.O.T so high up that one time when I needed a job I talked to a certain person and got a call the next day telling me I had a job and I need to come in and fill out an application.this was many years ago.the more things change the more they become the same.Hit it Waylon.Just -a-Good-old-boy
  • by CHASE on Sep 21, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    How can any one be innocent with all these charges.Some of you need to get a reality check.
  • by Anon Location: Greenville on Sep 21, 2009 at 08:44 AM
    It's not over there will be more to come, trust me. There are some more dirty hands that need to be cleansed within the DMV management.
  • by Anon Location: Greenville on Sep 21, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    Couldn't agree more than with the post from Fayeteville. DMV has hired supervisors for so many years from the outside, and the ones that have worked and know the job never get them. Every supervisors job that is posted has already been spoken for before the post goes up, and the employees with DMV know this, and it would be a waste of time to apply. Example the Director of DMV currently was hired from the outside, has no clue what DMV does, but he was hired, a lot of employees that have been here for many years applied, but when you and the Commissioner Of DMV are buddies this is what you get. There is curretly an opening posted for a Deputy Director, watch and see who gets that, it will not be anyone with experience that can do the job, it will be who has the most politics. WITN or some station should run a story on the hiring practices at DMV, might be suprised in what you find out.
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