Patricia I. Bourne, a 56-year-old license clerk at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), was recently charged with repeatedly accessing a motorist's DMV records (h/t

Bourne was charged with 11 felony counts of computer trespass and one misdemeanor count of official misconduct for repeatedly accessing the records of a single individual between December 2012 and January 2013.

She told investigators that the 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," New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott said in a statement [PDF file]. "What allegedly occurred here was an abuse of that trust."

Bourne is scheduled to appear in court on June 5, 2013.

In a similar incident with potentially far greater impact, an employee of the Utah DMV was fired on March 11, 2013 for allegedly accessing confidential information over a period of 14 years.