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PUD embezzler gets four years

Josh MillerSteven Grimm in court on Tuesday.

The man convicted of stealing more than $300,000 from the Donner Summit Public Utility District was sentenced to four years in prison and more than $384,000 in restitution Tuesday.

Norden-resident Steven Grimm was the general manager at the utility district when he embezzled the funds, which Nevada County Sheriff’s investigators have estimated to total more than $500,000.

Grimm was joined by family and friends in the Nevada County Superior Court Truckee division in the prolonged sentencing hearing. The DSPUD’s current general manager, attorney and a few of the district’s trustees were present for the hearing as well.

Judge C. Anders Holmer read Grimm’s sentence and restitution for the court, adding that “the amount of taking was huge.”

After Holmer read the sentence, the embezzler’s attorney, Dale E. Wood, asked that the sentence be continued to Jan. 15, 2004, so his client could attend bankruptcy court, resolve a medical circumstance and spend Christmas with his family.

It is unclear what the “medical circumstance” entailed.

After some deliberation and discussion between Grimm and his attorney, Holmer stayed remand for one hour and 20 minutes, so Grimm could sign over his power of attorney.

Just after 3:30 p.m., Grimm returned to court and was taken into the custody of the California Department of Corrections.

“If I were a rate-payer for the district, I would have the heads or the jobs of the people who should have been checking up. He (Grimm) is not the only guilty party,” Wood said. “I’m not trying to lessen the guilt of Mr. Grimm, but had any audit been done, wouldn’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars shown up somewhere?”

Geoffrey Evers, attorney for the DSPUD, called Wood’s claims “ridiculous.”

“Mr. Grimm’s attorneys are as ludicrous as Grimm’s original claim to innocence several month’s ago,” Evers responded.

“In my opinion, there is no prison sentence long enough for Mr. Grimm; however, I’m satisfied with the four-year prison sentence and restitution.”

Grimm initially entered an innocent plea at his arraignment in superior court on July 7. After several felony conferences, he altered his plea to no contest on Oct. 7.

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