On March 2, 2023, an information was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts charging Mia Cox-Johnson, former Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) Branch Manager, with one count of conspiracy to commit extortion and two counts of extortion. On the same date, an information was filed charging Estevao Semedo, the owner of a driving school, with one count of conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud.
The investigation revealed that Cox-Johnson took money in exchange for giving passing scores on learner's permit tests for driver's licenses and Commercial Driver's Licenses. Additionally, Semedo paid a road test examiner to misrepresent to the RMV that certain driver's license applicants had passed their road test when they had not or had not even taken the test. As a result of the fraud, the RMV mailed licenses to unqualified applicants.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with Homeland Security Investigations.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.