PLACERVILLE — An El Dorado Superior Court jury on Wednesday found county Supervisor Ray Nutting guilty of six misdemeanor charges involving illegal, undocumented loans, but not guilty of felony charges that were prosecutors’ main case against him.
The jury convicted Nutting on one count of receiving an illegal loan from a county contractor, two counts of receiving an illegal loan from a county employee and three counts of receiving an undocumented illegal loan.
Nutting used money from the illegal loans to post bail after El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson filed four felony charges against Nutting for allegedly not reporting income from government agencies that he used to pay for brush-clearing on his property and for voting on contracts in which prosecutors alleged he had a conflict-of-interest.
In the misdemeanor cases, Nutting was accused of receiving illegal loans from two county employees totaling nearly $60,000. The loans came from Kitty Miller, Nutting’s personal administrative assistant, and from Catherine Tyler, the deputy clerk for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, according to charging documents filed in El Dorado Superior Court.
An illegal loan for $20,000 also allegedly came from Douglas Veerkamp, a construction contractor who does business with the county.
Nutting was found not guilty on one misdemeanor charge of attempting to obtain an illegal loan from a county contractor. He also was found not guilty on three felony charges including filing false documents, perjury and approving conflict-of-interest contracts.
The jury was hung on a fourth felony charge of filing a false document. That charge involved invoices that Nutting filed with El Dorado County and the Sierra Coordinated Resource Management Council. The district attorney’s office is considering whether it will retry Nutting on that charge.
Nutting did not respond to multiple telephone calls or emails seeking comment. A spokeswoman for El Dorado County Counsel said that department is reviewing state law in regard to how the convictions might impact Nutting’s tenure in office. He represents District 2 in southwest El Dorado County and lives in Somerset.
Following the jury’s verdict in Placerville, Nutting told a reporter with the Sacramento Bee, “The only thing I want to say is that I can’t wait to go home and hug my 10-year-old son, who has been worried sick. Everything is going to be fine.”
Nutting’s trial started April 22. Sentencing is scheduled for June 6. While prosecutors didn’t have an immediate estimate on a possible maximum sentence, under general California law misdemeanors can be punished by six months to a year in jail in addition to substantial fines.