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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby says he won’t file charges in three investigations of wrongdoing at the state Division of Motor Vehicles.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the State Bureau of Investigation conducted three separate investigations into the division starting in 2009.

One case involved improper gifts and meals to DMV employees by Verizon Business, a state contractor. Willoughby says the gifts and meals were unethical but says administrative penalties against those involved were enough punishment.

Another case involved a no-bid contract awarded to a company with ties to Tony Rand, who was state Senate majority leader at the time. That company was also part of the third probe, based on a claim that Rand had pressured a different contractor to sell its business.

Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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