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.