February 21, 2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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An investigation by the Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division into the alleged falsification of time cards and payment of more than $10,000 to an Oregon Department of Transportation employee, led to two arrests Thursday and Friday. OSP detectives are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.
On February 20, 2014 at approximately 3:00 p.m., OSP detectives arrested SARAH J. ERICKSON, age 40, from Albany, on 3 counts of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and 3 counts of Official Misconduct in the First Degree. On February 21 at approximately 11:00 a.m., OSP detectives arrested KATHERINE E. FICKER, age 24, from Springfield, on 3 counts of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and 3 counts of Forgery in the First Degree.
ERICKSON and FICKER were indicted by a Marion County Grand Jury and arrested after warrants were authorized. They were lodged in the Marion County Jail.
The OSP Criminal Investigations Division started the investigation after an initial ODOT administrative investigation uncovered possible fraud and theft occurring between August 2012 and June 2013. According to ODOT, ERICKSON was an ODOT dispatch supervisor in Salem. FICKER had previously worked as an intern for ODOT under ERICKSON’s supervision. Both allegedly were involved in a scheme for which FICKER was being paid as a temporary employee in the dispatch center for work hours not done, and money was being shifted back to ERICKSON by FICKER.
Media questions may be directed to Marion County Deputy District Attorney John Turner at (503) 588-5222.
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