ODOT employee busted in alleged fraud scheme

ODOT employee busted in alleged fraud scheme

ODOT employee busted in alleged fraud scheme

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on February 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 23 at 11:02 AM

SALEM – Authorities unraveled a complex fraud scheme where an Oregon Department of Transportation worker was falsifying time cards and funneling thousands of dollars to a former intern, police said.

It all started when an ODOT administrative investigation uncovered the possible fraud between August 2010 and June of 2013.

Police said 40-year-old dispatch supervisor Sarah Erickson of Albany (pictured) was paying 24-year-old Katherine Ficker of Salem for time she never worked.

Ficker was a former intern and was getting checks as a temporary employee that totaled $10,000. She would then shift the money back to Erickson, police said.

Around 3 p.m. Thursday, Erickson was arrested on three counts of aggravated theft and three counts of official misconduct. On Friday, detectives arrested Ficker on three counts of aggravated theft and three counts of forgery.

Both women were booked in the Marion County Jail.

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