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A 29-COUNT INDICTMENT ACCUSES BEND CONTRACTOR OF STEALING MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION FROM OVER TWO DOZEN CLIENTS

September 16, 2009

Eric Robert "Gabe" Wisehart did business as New Path Renewables PacWind-Or LLC and Solect Systems, Inc.

Deschutes County District Attorney Michael T. Dugan and Attorney General John Kroger today announced the indictment of a Bend contractor on racketeering and theft charges.

"This is the largest fraud case in Deschutes County history and it represents how local law enforcement and the Attorney General can work together to crack down on consumer fraud," said District Attorney Dugan. "I look forward to working with the Attorney General Kroger to hold Gabe Wisehart accountable."

"The indictment alleges that Wisehart stole solar panels and renewable energy equipment," said Attorney General John Kroger. "Oregon needs green jobs, not green crime."

The twenty-nine count indictment accuses Eric Robert "Gabe" Wisehart of stealing property valued at $10,000 to $900,000 from homeowners, a golf resort and a market. The charges include accusations that Wisehart returned to job sites and unlawfully removed his former clients' property, including solar panels and other renewable energy equipment.

Any defendant accused of a crime is considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being prosecuted by Deschutes County Chief Deputy District Attorney Darryl Nakahira, Deputy District Attorney Evander McIver and Senior Assistant Attorney General Andrew Campbell. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Justice Criminal Justice Division are conducting an ongoing investigation into additional alleged financial improprieties by Wisehart.

The Department of Justice Criminal Justice Division investigates and prosecutes public corruption, complex drug trafficking, violent crime and the sexual exploitation of children. It also works in conjunction with Oregon district attorneys on complex cases.

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.

Contact:

Tony Green, (503) 378-6002 tony.green@doj.state.or.us |
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