Mason City, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced on Friday that 31-year-old Michael Haugen of Forest City has been charged with falsifying a public document and 3rd degree theft. While serving as the evidence officer in the Iowa State Patrol office in Mason City, Haugen allegedly altered labeling on an evidence bag and removed prescription medication from evidence bags. The medication had a street value of $800.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety says Haugen’s alleged actions could affect as many as six other criminal cases in the north central Iowa area. The county attorneys prosecuting those those cases will be notified.
Haugen was placed on administrative leave on March 25. He submitted his resignation on June 6, stating that he was suffering from opioid addiction.
Falsifying a public document is a class “D” felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. 3rd degree theft is an aggravated misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of two years.
According to the criminal complaint, Haugen’s alleged actions took place between late 2014 and April, 2016.
This case will be prosecuted by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.