KEIZER, Ore. -- A supervisor for the Oregon Department of Revenue was arrested Thursday for making and distributing counterfeit U.S. currency, police said.

Police received a tip three weeks ago that Michael Wayne Dietrich was making counterfeit bills. Officers contacted him Wednesday night, but he refused to let them search his home, according to Keizer police Capt. Jeffrey Kuhn.

Investigators removed everyone from the residence, secured it and posted an officer at the location while an affidavit for a search warrant was written, Kuhns said.

But Dietrich and his wife, Melissa, used a mobile app to access the cameras in their house and sneaked in without the posted officer's knowledge to destroy some of the evidence, Kuhns said.

When investigators returned with a warrant, they found counterfeit $20 and $50 bills, equipment they believe was used to make the bills, and evidence suggesting additional bills had been shredded, Kuhns said.

He said police also found methamphetamine in the house. Melissa Dietrich was arrested for meth possession and possession of a forged instrument. Further charges were possible.

Michael Dietrich eluded investigators until Thursday, when he returned to his home and a neighbor called police. He was arrested without incident on charges related to counterfeiting and tampering with evidence.

It is important to note investigators have no information or reason to believe Michael Dietrich s alleged criminal activity has any relation or connection to his place of employment, the State of Oregon Department of Revenue, Kuhns said.

Anyone with information about Dietrich or the investigation was asked to call Keizer police.


KGWreporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.

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