Cowlitz County official accused of using dead man's debit card
Thursday, August 23, 2012
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A former part-time deputy in the Cowlitz County Coroner's office is accused of using a dead man's debit card to steal nearly $12,000 from his estate.
The Longview Daily News reports 44-year-old Jeffrey Wayne Hart of Castle Rock is scheduled to be arraigned next week on charges of first-degree theft, identity theft, second-degree possession of stolen property and official misconduct.
County prosecutors plan to seek a sentence above the standard range for each charge because Hart is accused of using his position to trust to commit a crime.
Coroner Tim Davidson says Hart was fired upon his arrest on Aug. 16.