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.
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.