Fifty-year-old Maryleigh Barbusin was charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and bribery in the second degree, as well as third-degree tampering with public records or information.
According to a statement issued by the AG’s office, Barbusin was the girlfriend of James McElroy, 51, of Livingston, the owner of a West Orange towing company, and worked for the company. McElroy was also indicted.
The charges stem from the indictment of Wesley Starr, 35, of Trenton, a former MVC clerk charged with selling fraudulent motor vehicle titles to various brokers and purchasers, including Barbusin and McElroy.
Starr is accused of circumventing MVC procedures to sell an estimated 378 vehicle titles.
From the AG:
Seven defendants have pleaded guilty to obtaining fraudulent titles in the scheme, the statement says.
Second-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison and a $150,000 criminal fine, while third-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.