Former county official guilty of embezzlement

2013-01-22T23:00:00Z 2013-02-22T18:32:55Z Former county official guilty of embezzlementBy Tony Lystra / The Daily News Longview Daily News
January 22, 2013 11:00 pm  • 

A jury has found former Cowlitz probation department secretary Maryann Rehaume guilty of embezzling thousands of dollars from the county.

Rehaume, the wife of a retired Longview cop, was found guilty Friday of nine counts of second-degree theft and one count of misappropriation of accounts by a public officer following a four-day trial in Cowlitz County Superior Court.

It was unclear Tuesday when sentencing will occur.

Authorities accused Rehaume, 55, of stealing more than $9,000 in fees paid by misdemeanor probationers. However, she may have taken as much as $62,000 over five years, according to an audit by state officials.

Rehaume, who is married to former Longview police Sgt. Steve Rehaume, resigned as Cowlitz County Probation Services’ head secretary in January 2011, shortly after county officials “noticed irregularities in receipts and deposits,” a Cowlitz County sheriff’s office spokesman said at the time.

Steve Rehaume was never accused of wrongdoing.

“It is unfortunate that Ms. Rehaume violated the trust and responsibility that was placed in her,” Sheriff Mark Nelson said in a statement early last year, just after Rehaume returned from her retirement home in Prescott Valley, Ariz., to answer the charges.

The case was prosecuted by Wahkiakum Prosecutor Dan Bigelow. Authorities tapped Bigelow to handle the case to avoid any potential conflicts of interest raised by the fact that Rehaume is a former Cowlitz County employee.

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  1. JO JO
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    JO JO - January 23, 2013 11:40 am
    Does this really surprise anyone. Not me. She just got caught. A temporary political snafu. The county jail treats inmates terribly and gets away with it. Yes they broke a law ,but the inmates aren't animals. The city of Kelso refuses to give public information out as to their working agreement with the county concerning debt responsibility for an inmate receiving medical care. The county owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to St Johns hospital for unpaid medical for inmates and refuses to pay
  2. JO JO
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    JO JO - January 23, 2013 6:27 pm
    I totally agree with the comment about the city of Kelso and what they have gotten away with including mishandling of inmates who are in major distress, who need medical help and were treated as if they were not worth the time. I would bet some of these inmates who are trying to turn it around and are on probation, making payments to the court are pretty upset with the embezzler stealing their payments.Why does it take 5 yrs to notice this woman is a crook? Any of you county officials awake???
  3. Oracle
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    Oracle - January 24, 2013 9:57 am
    JO JO, did you click on the wrong article or haven't had your coffee yet? Your comments have absolutely nothing to do with this story and no relevance whatsoever. As far as inmates receiving medical treatment, they SHOULD be responsible for paying for their own treatment, not the taxpayers. They made their choices and got themselves into their situation. If it isn't a life threatening event they can pay for their debt for medical treatment themselves. Sheesh!!!
  4. candy
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    candy - January 24, 2013 2:06 pm
    Shame, Shame, Shame...The one puzzling thing that has still went unanswered is, why wasn't the husband charged? If $64 large was put into my household budget, you can bet I would certainly notice it, and her husband was one of Longviews finest?? Doesn't sound like he was a very good cop.
  5. JO JO
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    JO JO - January 26, 2013 3:39 pm
    Oracle I read the article. What I pointing out is the county is crooked. When a person is arrested the arresting agency is responsible for the inmates medical until they are released. The county gets an "F" when it comes to accountability handling money and finances. Read your law books and look up who is responsible for costs when in custody. I;m glad to pay my fair share of taxes. Just wish the county would pay their bills like everyone else must do.
  6. Caressa
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    Caressa - February 06, 2013 10:39 pm
    Believe me, nothing is worse than trusting someone so completely and then being totally sucked in by a liar. What if her husband didn't know that she was a liar and a thief? I can't even imagine what her own family must be going through. Does she have kids? Parents? If they thought the husband was involved, wouldn't they have arrested him, too? You have to wonder...
  7. Glad2BGone
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    Glad2BGone - February 19, 2013 6:24 am
    I know them. The family, including the husband, knew nothing. It destroyed their marriage and he still doesn't know where it went or why she did it.
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