According to Associated Press reports, William F. Tingen Jr. was arrested late last week on charges of accepting a bribe, obstructing justice and failing to discharge his official duties. Tingen inspects trucks that pass through Randolph County in Asheboro, N.C. According to court records, an officer with the State Bureau of Investigation offered Tingen sex and money to forego the proper inspection. Tingen was arrested after allegedly accepting the bribes. Tingen, a nine-year employee of the DMV, has been suspended with pay. He was released from jail on a $2,500 bond and will appear in court on Oct. 31.
On March 18, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in a case involving the alleged misclassification of California owner-operator drivers as independent contractors rather than employees – but it's far from the end of the battle over employee misclassification in the state.