SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State police have arrested a former Oregon Department of Corrections employee in connection with an estimated $35,000 missing from a Salem prison's inmate welfare fund.
Lt. Gregg Hastings says a Marion County grand jury indicted John Sipple on six counts of first-degree theft. The 69-year-old Sipple was arrested Thursday at his home in Salem, booked into the Marion County Jail, then released. Arraignment was set for Friday.
He used to work at the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem.
The Oregonian reports that money in the inmate welfare fund comes from profits from commissary sales to inmates, fees for phone calls and fines paid by misbehaving inmates. The fund pays for inmate cable TV, educational opportunities and bus tickets home for released inmates.