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Nutting hearing delayed again

By From page A1 | June 19, 2013

A hearing for El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting was taken off the court calendar and now awaits reassignment.

Nutting was due to be arraigned by Judge Warren Stracener on Thursday morning, but the hearing was taken off the court calendar by Presiding Judge Suzanne Kingsbury, according to a court bailiff. The case awaits reassignment by Kingsbury, possibly to a new courtroom. The case had originally been reassigned to Stracener’s courtroom after Judge Daniel B. Proud recused himself last Monday, June 10; it was reassigned to Stracener by Assistant Presiding Judge James Wagoner as Kingsbury could not be reached at that time.

The District 2 supervisor is accused of filing false documents, perjury by failing to report income, not recusing himself from voting when he had a conflict of interest and receiving loans from other county employees or those contracted by the county to post bail. He faces four felonies and seven misdemeanors

Documents filed with the county Department of Agriculture and with Cal Fire could point to guilt, county Auditor-Controller Joe Harn said.

A May 26, 2009, invoice to, from and signed by Nutting for more than $27,000 was “bogus,” Harn said. On a Prop. 40 invoice for a Cal Fire grant to the Sierra Coordinated resources Management Council, of the nearly $30,000 the project was said to cost the listed amount for his own labor was $0.

The same invoice also has “Follow up herbicides” on April 15, 2009, the cutoff date for having work completed in order to qualify for the grant, as stated in an amended agreement. But, in a report made to the Agriculture Department, the herbicide spraying was not done until May 26, 27 and 28 — with a map showing the same area sprayed as the area to be covered for the grant. Nutting also obtained a burn permit to burn piles meant to be burned by April 15 between May 8 and 15.

“I’d be surprised if this wasn’t found to be a false claim,” Harn said of the Prop. 40 grant invoice. “It looks to me to be a false claim.”

On the matter of the illegal loans for his bail, Chuck Holland — the only person Nutting is not alleged to have actually received a loan from — told the supervisor that he could not give him a loan, as he had a contract with the county.

However, as a bail bondsman, he could legally give him bail — which, with a retained attorney, would be 8 percent of the total bail, or about $4,200, Holland said. This money would be non-refundable. But, Nutting wanted to pay cash, rather than go through a bail bondsman, as the money could be refunded, but had to be paid in full. He noted that Nutting was in a hurry to obtain the cash; he was to be arrested that day.

As of press time, Kingsbury had not yet reassigned the case.


Cole Mayer

Discussion | 3 comments

  • sunshineJune 23, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Our Auditor-Controller, Joe Harn, appears to have convicted District 2 Supervisor. The question is why is Harn in the middle of this? This is not his job, or is it? His patron, Angelo T., must want Nutting out. Almost all of the really big developments are in District 2. Harn was instrumental in stopping the Cityhood of EDH he lied to the community when he said incorporation was not feasible. Harn has not disclosed his CPA business on his 700 forms at the election department, I think he can be quoted as saying this is a felony. Harn should really consider not running for re-election next year. He needs to find another job, maybe with Angelo, he can afford to match his $250,000 salary.

  • Agree with SunshineJune 24, 2013 - 8:13 am

    I actually agree with you sunshine. It is highly suspicious why Joe Harn has taken such a personal interest in this matter.

  • Ernie LouisJune 24, 2013 - 2:32 pm

    Are you getting your monies’ worth from your High Paid County Auditor who acts like he is an official Dick Tracy and smear monger for District Attorney Vern Pierson. Sounds like both of them are applying for jobs in the California Attorney General’s office. I wonder if Governor Jerry Brown knows what they are spending their time doing, or did he put them up to this witch hunt for people who don’t go along with his program? On the local level, we could just forget electing an Auditor next year. (Vern and Joe are giving us ideas.) We can combine the County Auditor Office with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s office and reduce the Budget.



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