Grimm’s wife resigns from utility board, arraignment scheduled for embezzlement suspect

Renee Shadforth

Donner Summit Public Utility District board member Sandra Harmon announced her resignation to the district’s board of directors June 2, following allegations that her husband, Steven Grimm, embezzled more than $300,000 from the district.

“Basically, she’s [resigning] for the good of the district,” said the utility district’s attorney Geoffrey Evers.

Board president Dale Verner announced the district is seeking people interested in filling Harmon’s position on the board on June 5.

Grimm, whose arraignment has been scheduled for July 7 at 9 a.m. in Truckee, left his post as general manager at the district April 11. His resignation came after the utility district’s attorney and board of directors discovered evidence reflecting that Grimm had stolen or embezzled funds from the district, according to police reports.

The felony complaint includes three counts of embezzling government funds, from 2000 to 2002, and one count of credit card fraud in 2002.

No charges have been brought against Harmon, according to Nevada County Deputy District Attorney James Phillips.

The evidence included accounting histories, cancelled checks – some made out to Donner Ski Ranch, where Grimm is part owner and was general manager, for as much as $15,000 – and other banking documents, the report said.

The utility district was “fully insured for theft and dishonesty,” Evers said.

“The coverage well exceeds the amount of the [alleged] embezzlement,” Evers added.

Grimm – also being investigated on allegations of forgery – was accused of forging the signature of board vice president Julie Davies on many of the checks in question.

Registered voters residing within the Donner Summit Public Utility District wishing to be considered for appointment to fill the vacancy have been asked to submit written resumes to the district by July 11 at P.O. Box 610, Soda Springs, CA 95728. The district wants to fill the vacancy by noon on July 22.

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