That employee has been identified as Krag Tedhams, 62. He faces two felony counts of computer tampering.
Between December of 2018 and January of 2019, police say Tedhams accessed the MVD records of at least 16 people "without ever speaking to the persons involved," while using an ADOT computer.
All 16 of those people were inmates at Lewis prison.
According to the police report, "no official request or order was given to Tedhams to permit such actions."
Police also believe Tedhams, again using an ADOT computer, reportedly altered the MVD file of one of the inmates, actually removing the driver's license suspension code from the record.
Police say the names, birth dates and social security numbers of those 16 inmates were provided to Tedhams by his son, who is also an inmate at the same prison.
According to the police report, Tedhams then gave all the information to his son via prison telephone conversations.
ADOT says it was notified of the possible security issue by the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Shortly after that, ADOT put Tedham on administrative leave and canceled his computer access.
ADOT says Tedham was fired March 7 following a joint investigation by ADOT's Office of Inspector General and the Department of Corrections.
ADOT released the following statement Saturday:
After being notified of a possible security issue by the Arizona Department of Corrections, ADOT put the employee on administrative leave and canceled his computer access. The employee was terminated March 7 following a joint investigation by ADOT's Office of Inspector General and the Department of Corrections.ADOT is committed to safeguarding the integrity of driver records and the personal information contained in them, including a case such as this when the alleged tampering was committed by an agency employee. ADOT detectives are on the lookout for wrongdoing of any kind, will investigate when it is suspected and will refer cases for criminal prosecution when warranted. The actions described in the charging documents obviously are wholly inconsistent with ADOT's business practices and the agency's core values of accountability, integrity and respect.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this case, and we will refer you there for further information.