By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
A Department of Revenue employee has been accused of committing a crime by sneaking in the back door – quite literally.
The incident involves Keizer’s Michael Wayne Dietrich, 29, who had been working as a unit supervisor for the State of Oregon Department of Revenue (see related story, page 2).
Dietrich was arrested at his home early in the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 10. He was charged with 52 counts of forgery in the first degree and 52 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, plus one charge each of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence and first degree burglary. He was booked into Marion County Correctional Facility. Bail was set at $250,000 the next day.
Officers with the Keizer Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service found evidence of Dietrich producing counterfeit U.S. currency, mainly $20 and $50 bills. Police also believe Dietrich attempted to destroy evidence after a search warrant had been applied for.
Police believe the destruction took place last Wednesday, Oct. 9. When officers came to the house at 1255 Moneda Avenue North around 8:30 a.m., they talked with Dietrich’s wife, Melissa. Dietrich came home to talk with investigators shortly after, while Melissa left for work around 9:30.
“Investigators believe there was a strong suspicion information they had received was valid,” Capt. Jeff Kuhns with the KPD said. “When they responded, they followed up on the work they did, to confirm or deny. During the interview (with Melissa), they learned additional information to lead them to believe they were on the right track.”
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