PLACERVILLE, CA - El Dorado County supervisor Ray Nutting was arrested Tuesday on four felony charges related to his acceptance of state grant money for use on his private property.
Nutting was arrested by the district attorney's office and booked into theEl Dorado County Jail at 12:18 p.m.
District Attorney Vern Pierson said in a news release thatthe attorney general's office would assist in the prosecution.
The complaint alleges four felony counts: two counts of filing false documents, perjury relating to failure to disclose income, and having a financial interest in a vote taken by the Board of Supervisors.
According to the complaint, Nutting received two checks totalling $71,829 in 2009 that were signed by a member of the Georgetown Resource Conservation District, which is part of the joint powers agency that approved the grants.
As a supervisor, Nutting took part in board votes involving the Georgetown Resource Conservation District without disclosing the conflict.
Nutting also failed to disclose the grant money on a state-mandated Form 700, requiring politicians to show their sources of income.
The complaint lists several allegedly false documents filed by Nutting, including a $27,395 invoice from Nutting Brush Clearing addressed to Ray Nutting that was signed by Ray Nutting.
El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn has been one of Nutting's most outspoken critics over the fire prevention grant money.
"Clearly the fact that this case will be prosecuted jointly by our local district attorney Vern Pierson and the California Attorney General's Office would make one think that there's quite a bit of substance to these charges and it's not just some local political witchhunt," Harn said.
Nutting spent roughly 90 minutes in the county jail before posting $55,000 bail.
In a brief phone conversation, Nutting referred all questions to his attorney.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net