Lawsuit Alleges The BMV Illegally Collected $8.8 Million From Indiana Drivers (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (www.incnow.tv) -- The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is in hot water with the state for allegedly systematically charging drivers $4 to $7 more than the state law allows.

The lawsuit accuses the BMV of overcharging drivers younger than age 75 when they obtained or renewed their driver's license. The attorney for the class-action lawsuit, Irwin B. Levin, told the Indianapolis Star that "there is a specific authority for how much they can charge and what they did instead was, apparently, just made up a number".

Levin says Hoosiers may have been overcharged as much as $30-40 million but state officials will provide the final financial figures. Considering that in 2012, 2.2 million Hoosier drivers had the renew their license, Levin calculates that at the lowest amount alleged in the lawsuit ($4), the BMV may have collected up to $8.8 million more than allowed by law.

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