El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting was arrested Tuesday on four felony charges related to the alleged illegal use of public funds to clear brush from his West Slope property.
El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson announced Nutting’s arrest in a Tuesday press release. Nutting remained in custody in El Dorado County Jail In Placerville Tuesday afternoon. He has previously denied wrongdoing regarding the allegations.
A criminal complaint filed Friday charges Nutting with two counts of filing a false document, one count of perjury relating to failure to disclose income and one count of failing to report a financial interest in a county contract.
The complaint alleges Nutting failed to properly disclose more than $120,000 on economic interest forms in 2009, including more than $71,000 in Proposition 40 money from the Sierra Coordinated Resource Management Council. Proposition 40 included a program to help pay for forest fuel reduction projects on private land.
The complaint alleges Nutting knowingly filed false invoices in relation to the money and did not recuse himself from county votes impacting its distribution. The Proposition 40 grant payments were made by the Georgetown Resource Conservation District, which Nutting voted to enter into agreements with on four occasions since June 2009 as part of the Board of Supervisors, according to the complaint.
Nutting represents District 2 on the board. The district includes the southwest portion of the county, including the communities of Latrobe, Mt. Aukum and Grizzly Flat.
Nutting is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges in Placerville June 10.
In other news
Nine people were rescued from Lake Tahoe Saturday after their boat capsized near Dollar Point, according to a Monday statement from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.
About 2 p.m. the Sheriff Office’s boat unit responded to a report of a vessel taking on water and found six people clinging to the hull of the overturned boat, according to the statement.
A sailboat that made the distress call to authorities was able to pull three people out of the water, but struggled with the remaining boaters because of high winds. Sheriff’s deputies pulled two people from the water. The U.S. Coast Guard pulled the remaining four people from Lake Tahoe, according to the statement. The victims of the incident were treated for hypothermia.