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County clerk charged with illegal search of DMV records

ALBANY – A Seneca County clerk has been charged with illegally accessing the computer records of a local motorist. Patricia Bourne, 56, a license clerk from Waterloo, was charged with 11 felony counts of computer trespass and one misdemeanor count of official misconduct for repeatedly accessing the records of an individual known to her between December 2012 and January 2013.

Bourne, who has been employed by the county for approximately 20 years, admitted to accessing the records without authorization. She admitted to inspector general investigators that she accessed the records as a favor for a friend.

“We entrust our employees who have access to personal information with the critical task of safeguarding the privacy of New Yorkers,” said Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott. “What allegedly occurred here was an abuse of that trust. My office stands ready to investigate and prevent such misconduct across the state so that all New Yorkers can be confident that the State of New York protects their personal records with diligence, vigilance, and effectiveness.”

Bourne is scheduled to appear June 5 in Waterloo Village Court.