Official accused of using dead man’s debit card

  • Thu Aug 23rd, 2012 12:24pm
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Associated Press

LONGVIEW — 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 reported that Jeffrey Wayne Hart, 44, 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 said Hart was fired upon his arrest on Aug. 16.