The Marion County Courthouse pictured in the winter. (Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter)
A former Oregon State Police trooper faces allegations this week of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the Oregon State Police Officers Association, a union representing troopers throughout the state that is based in Salem.
Darrin S. Phillips, 52, faces 25 counts of theft, identity theft, aggravated theft and official misconduct, according to information filed Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court.
The Marion County District Attorney’s Office alleges Phillips committed the crimes from early 2012 to April 2018, according to the filings. Fourteen of the charges are felonies.
Besides allegations of felony theft, Phillips is alleged to have twice assumed the identity of Mark Banks, an Oregon State Police sergeant and union president, to steal at least $20,000 from the union.
Phillips worked for the state police for 25 years before retiring November 2016 as a senior trooper, according to Capt. Tim Fox, state police spokesman.
Phillips served as president of the union from March 2011 to December 2016, when he became executive director, according to his LinkedIn page.
No one from the troopers union could be reached for comment.
Phillips is paid $3,399 per month from the Public Employee Retirement System, according to databases maintained by The Oregonian, who first reported the accusations against Phillips.
Attorney Chris Mascal is representing Phillips and declined to comment on Thursday.
Phillips is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
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