ODOT supervisor, intern arrested for fraud

Satah Erickson, left, and Katherine Ficker, Feb. 21, 2014 (Marion County Sheriff's Office)
Satah Erickson, left, and Katherine Ficker, Feb. 21, 2014 (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – An Oregon Department of Transportation dispatch supervisor and a former intern are accused of falsifying time cards to the tune of more than $10,000.

Oregon State Police report that investigators uncovered that while an intern at the ODOT dispatch center in Salem, 24-year-old Katherine Ficker of Springfield would put down hours on her timecard that she had not in fact worked. She would then kick back the extra money to 40-year-old Sarah Erickson of Albany, a dispatch supervisor.

The fraud occurred between August 2012 and June 2013. OSP was brought in to investigate after an ODOT administrative investigation uncovered possible financial improprieties.

Erickson was arrested Thursday on aggravated theft and first-degree official misconduct. Ficker was arrested Friday on first-degree aggravated theft and first-degree forgery.

Both are lodged in the Marion County Jail.

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