Former BMV official reaches settlement on ethics violations

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles official who took a job with a company he awarded a lucrative state contract has reached a proposed settlement of alleged ethics violations.

Indiana Inspector General Cynthia Carrasco confirmed Wednesday her office has reached a settlement agreement with former BMV chief of staff Shawn Walters. She says its terms would be released after the State Ethics Commission considers it Thursday.

The Indianapolis Star reports Walters awarded Express MVA a contract providing it with BMV workstations and allowing it to charge a lucrative “convenience fee” that effectively doubled the cost of services typically available only at license branches.

Express MVA hired Walters in 2014 but fired him last year.

Gov. Mike Pence canceled the company’s contract and sought an ethics investigation into Walters.

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