A long-time state motor vehicle department worker has been accused of illegally altering records to make it appear an acquaintance wasn’t required to have an ignition lock on their vehicle after a DWI conviction.
The state Inspector General’s office says 43-year-old Sherri Freitas of Ravena is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor counts of tampering with computer and public records and official misconduct.
Investigators say she changed computer records to make it appear the acquaintance wasn’t required to have the lock-out device.
They say she also sent the person’s lawyer an official letter saying the device wasn’t required, something she wasn’t authorized to do.
Freitas, who will be suspended, has worked 25 years at the DMV.
She was arraigned Thursday in Albany. A phone listing couldn’t be found for Freitas.