Well, well, well. More shenanigans from state government officials. From the News & Observer:
Federal authorities are investigating whether the former commissioner of the state Division of Motor Vehicles illegally wiretapped the phone calls of agency employees.
George Tatum, who resigned in 2007 amid a corruption scandal, had a special telephone in his office that allowed him to listen in on the calls of his subordinates without their knowledge, according to current DMV officials. Greg Lockamy, who retired unexpectedly last year after serving as the agency’s internal affairs director, also had a phone set up for secret eavesdropping.
Thankfully, it seems as if Mike Robertson, the guy who now heads DMV, doesn’t want to be anywhere near activity like this (emphasis is mine):
“It ain’t happening anymore,” said Robertson, who formerly served as an agent at the State Bureau of Investigation and said he is well acquainted with the penalties for wiretapping without a warrant. “I know what the law is. I know it’s a felony. And, honestly, some of the past things they used this system for were probably wrong.”