Revenue Dept. Supervisor Accused of Counterfeiting
Michael Dietrich in custody
By Jeremy Scott
Drugs and paraphernalia
KEIZER, Ore. -- A supervisor with the Oregon Department of Revenue was on the run for a day after police raided his home during a counterfeiting investigation.
29-year-old Michael Dietrich and his wife Melissa, 30, were under investigation for making and distributing fraudulent bills.
Michael was at work in Salem when officers showed up to their home on Moneda Avenue North on Wednesday morning. He came back home, but refused to let them in. Police secured the property as they waited for a warrant.
The Dietrich's reportedly snuck inside the back door and started shredding fake $20 and $50 bills. They used an app to monitor their security cameras and an officer's location outside as they attempted to destroy evidence.
Police later seized equipment used to manufacture the counterfeit currency, a small quantity of bills, plus methamphetamine and paraphernalia suggesting drugs were being sold.
Melissa Dietrich was arrested, but her husband took off. He came back to the house on Thursday and was arrested after a neighbor called police.
"We began an internal investigation of Mr. Dietrich's work
activities to identify any potentially inappropriate access to our
information assets. Our focus is safeguarding the confidential
information with which the public has entrusted us," said the department's Bob Estabrook.
Dietrich worked in the tax division supervising clerical staff, but he did not handle cash. His access has been revoked. Officials agree with police that there does not appear to be a link between his work and criminal activities. They are "assisting law enforcement in any way" that they can.