Ex-Elko County sheriff's deputy Keema charged with theft



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ELKO, Nev. (AP) — The Elko County district attorney has filed a felony theft charge against a former sheriff's deputy, accusing him of spending county funds on his own expenses.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports (http://tinyurl.com/k753ccj) the criminal complaint filed Tuesday accuses Rick Keema of spending more than $2,500 in county money in 2011 for such things as a $738 telephone bill and a $245 baseball bat.

Keema also served as undersheriff under Sheriff Jim Pitts before he left the force in 2012. He told the newspaper he had accidentally charged the items to his county credit card, but paid the county back.

A date for a preliminary has not been set. If convicted, Keema could face up to 20 years in prison.

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Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, http://www.elkodaily.com

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