Former utility head pleads innocent to embezzlement charges |

Former utility head pleads innocent to embezzlement charges

Renee Shadforth

Steven Grimm pleaded innocent in Nevada County Superior Court on Monday to accusations of embezzlement and credit card fraud of Donner Summit Public Utility District, where he used to be general manager.

The 54-year-old Norden resident has been charged with stealing in excess of $300,000 from the utility district as well as forging the signature of utility board Vice President Julie Davies on several checks, according to police reports. The district’s annual operating budget is approximately $600,000.

The bulk of the funds were handwritten checks to Donner Ski Ranch, where Grimm was general manager, and “Donner Spitz Inn.”

The criminal complaint includes three counts of embezzling government funds, from 2000 to 2002, and one count of credit card fraud in 2002. If found guilty, Grimm could face up to eight years in prison.

Nevada County Superior Court Judge C. Anders Holmer granted Grimm’s attorney Dale Wood a felony conference for July 29 at 9 a.m.

Grimm had no comment about the charges as he left the courtroom Monday morning.