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Ex-State Police union director pleads not guilty to theft

April 5, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon State Police veteran and former executive director of the union that represents troopers and sergeants has pleaded not guilty to accusations of misconduct and theft for allegedly stealing from the organization.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 52-year-old former senior trooper Darrin Phillips is accused of multiple counts of official misconduct, aggravated theft, identity theft and first- and second-degree theft. He pleaded not guilty to each of the 25 charges.

Those charges include 14 felonies.

Prosecutors say Phillips stole an estimated $70,000 from the union between 2012 and 2018.

Court records say he is also accused of stealing the personal identity of union president Sgt. Mark Banks as part of the alleged scheme.

Chris Mascal, the lawyer representing Phillips, said she was unable to comment.

A plea hearing is set for May 9.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com