Report: Inaction Let Thousands Get Ohio Plates

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A new report says inaction by the former head of Ohio's public safety department allowed thousands of illegal immigrants to register cars and get license plates.

Ohio's government watchdog issued a report Wednesday that says former public safety director Henry Guzman delayed a proposed crackdown for registrations despite warnings about the potential for abuse.

Inspector general Thomas Charles says his office found that Guzman resisted efforts by others in his department to implement the changes.

Guzman resigned last year over a dispute with the former director of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

He declined to comment Wednesday because he had not yet read the entire report.

Charles says his office also found evidence of wrongdoing and is assisting the State Highway Patrol in a related criminal probe.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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