“State and federal law enforcement agents hoped for a confession.
But Seattle energy consultant Martin Shain wasn’t playing ball.
Agents from the Oregon Department of Justice and the FBI investigating an Oregon solar power project last September persuaded another player in the case to telephone Shain in hopes he would incriminate himself. Agents wanted Shain to admit he forged two documents key to receiving $11.8 million in state subsidies.
As agents secretly listened in, feeding questions to the caller, Shain was defiant.
“They got their project,” Shain said. “They’re built to specs. They operate. They’re perfect. No one gives a (expletive). They’re trying to find a fall guy and it makes me sick to my stomach.”
Not only did the agents fail to get their confession, they may have jeopardized one of the most significant criminal cases Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has filed during four years in office. Shain asked a judge Thursday to dismiss the forgery charges, alleging the phone call amounted to prosecutorial misconduct.”
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Sickinger, Ted and Jeff Manning. The Oregonian 9 Janaury 2019.