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Oregon Energy Official Who Accepted $300k In Bribes Says Energy Department Is Deeply Corrupt

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 Ukshep    24,290

Nice to see a bit of corruption out in the daylight. If true that is!

A former Oregon official recently pleaded guilty to accepting $291,017 in bribes to facilitate energy tax credit sales during his time with the Oregon Department of Energy.

Joe Colello said he accepted at least 52 cashiers checks between 2012 and 2015 from energy consultant Martin Shain as bribes to speed Shain’s sales of energy tax credits, Oregon Live reported Tuesday.

Colello is charged with racketeering, receiving bribes, aggravated theft, tax evasion, and official misconduct. Shain has been indicted on forgery charges.

“I’m dirty,” Colello told OregonLive Sunday. “I made mistakes.”

Shain used the nearly $12 million he received in tax credit sales to fund solar panel arrays at the Oregon Institute of Technology and Oregon State University. At the same time, he sent checks of up to $14,130 to Colello, sometimes as many as three per month.

“We had a verbal agreement,” Colello told Oregon Live. “At some point, the money just started showing up.”


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