Investigators search Grimm’s homes, authorities say he embezzled more than $500,000 from the utility district | SierraSun.com

Investigators search Grimm’s homes, authorities say he embezzled more than $500,000 from the utility district

Renee Shadforth

Nevada County Sheriff’s officers searched two homes owned by embezzlement suspect Steven Grimm last month, leading authorities to believe that the former Donner Summit Public Utility District general manager embezzled more than $500,000 from the public agency.

“We retrieved so much evidence that it’s going to take a long time to know exactly how much we’re looking at,” said sheriff’s Detective Guy Selleck.

Grimm was present on July 24 when officers searched his home in Doyle, Calif., Selleck reported. Officers also searched his Norden condominium.

Authorities confiscated seven years’ worth of bank records from Grimm’s personal finances, the utility district and his business ventures – including Donner Ski Ranch, Donner Summit Tramways, Donner Spitz Inn – where Grimm was agent for service of process.

Officers also seized Grimm’s computer equipment, which is being examined at Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes. The computer equipment analysis could take one week to six months, Selleck said.

Last month Grimm pleaded innocent to four felony complaints – three charges of embezzlement of public funds and one of credit card fraud.

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His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 26 at 1:30 p.m. in Nevada County Superior Court.