Supervisor Nutting arrested
El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting was arrested Tuesday morning on felony charges of failing to disclose income, filing false documents, perjury and failing to recuse himself from votes in which he had a financial interest.
El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson announced the District 2 representative’s arrest in a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, following a months-long investigation first reported by Village Life in late March. Nutting, 53, was released on $55,000 bail. His attorney David Weiner denies the allegations.
The charges are related to grants Nutting received from the Sierra Coordinated Resource Management Council to complete Proposition 40 fuel reduction projects on his south county property, as well as other income the supervisor allegedly failed to report on financial disclosures required of public officials. As an El Dorado County supervisor, Nutting takes part in votes that affect the SCRMC.
Count 1 alleges that Nutting knowingly filed a false economic interest statement in 2010.
Count 2 cites Nutting’s alleged failure to disclose the nearly $72,000 he received from the SCRMC in 2009. “Defendant belatedly attempted to report four-and-a-half years late in 2013 while still failing to disclose the entity which wrote the check,” the complaint states. It also states that Nutting failed to disclose $26,040 in cash deposited into his personal bank account, $6,803 received for work performed and more than $16,330 Nutting received in rental income.
Count 3 addresses paperwork Nutting submitted related to 2009 Prop. 40 brush clearing projects. The complaint alleges the documents contain false information and lack supporting material.
Count 4 lists several contracts Nutting supported as a voting member of the Board of Supervisors that directly affected the agencies he worked with on his personal Prop. 40 projects.
Nutting denied any wrongdoing when contacted in March, saying, “If I’d done something wrong I’d know it.”
Adding to Nutting’s woes, Cal Fire recently announced it would bill Nutting for putting out a fire on his 340-acre property. Nutting acknowledged in March that fire crews have responded to fires on his property a few times.
As District 2 supervisor, Nutting represents the southern part of El Dorado County, including parts of El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park as well as the Pleasant Valley, Somerset and Grizzly Flat areas. This time of year, the Board of Supervisors begins work on its new budget. In an apparent response to Nutting’s legal issues, Chief Administrative Officer Terri Daly recommended postponing the budget hearings until June 24.
“The operating budget is the most important and complex piece of policy the Board of Supervisors addresses each year,” Daly wrote. “At this time County Counsel is in the process of determining whether the vote on the Recommended Budget should be structured to allow recusal. Delaying the special meeting allows time for a thorough analysis of vote requirements, helps ensure the overall integrity of the Recommended Budget, and still meets the requirement of the County Budget Act.”
The case against Nutting was investigated by the District Attorney’s Office and will be jointly prosecuted by the DA and the California Attorney General’s Office, according to the DA’s press release.
Nutting’s arraignment is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10, in El Dorado County Superior Court’s Department 1.