PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An energy consultant involved with an Oregon solar power project has been indicted on forgery charges.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Martin Shain, the lead consultant on the state’s $24 million “Solar by Degree” project, was indicted on two forgery counts on Thursday. Prosecutors say he created a fake invoice from a fictional subcontractor to help secure nearly $12 million in tax credits from the Oregon Department of Energy.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Energy Department head Michael Kaplan requested an investigation after the Oregonian/OregonLive raised questions about the project’s management and funding.
Shain’s lawyer, Jim McDermott, says the invoice was made up but argues that someone else on the project gave the document to his client. McDermott says he expects Shain to be acquitted by a jury.