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The 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 ( ) 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.