On August 8, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts sentenced Mia Cox-Johnson, a former manager of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), to 4 months of incarceration and 1 year of supervised release with the first 6 months to be served under home confinement. Cox-Johnson was also ordered to pay a $5,500 fine and a $300 special assessment. On March 30, Cox-Johnson pleaded guilty to two counts of extortion and one count of conspiring to commit extortion.
Between December 2018 and October 2019, Cox-Johnson accepted money in exchange for giving passing scores on learner's permit tests for both passenger vehicle driver's licenses and commercial driver's licenses even if they did not pass. Applicants were told to request a paper test instead of taking the test on the RMV computer. Cox-Johnson personally graded the paper tests to give the applicants passing scores.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations.