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May 10, 2014
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Charges filed against CHP officer

The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office has filed criminal charges against a former California Highway Patrol officer.

Russ Somervill, 39, of Lincoln, was arrested April 30 after an investigation centered in Nevada County, and has been released on $10,000 bail.

Somervill was an 11-year employee of the Highway Patrol, assigned to the Valley Division office, said spokeswoman Julie Powell. In January 2013, he was honored for his efforts in combating vehicle theft.

According to Powell, Somervill currently is not employed by the CHP.

Powell said Somervill’s arrest came after a long investigation and that the alleged crime took place in Nevada County.

On Thursday, Nevada County Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson filed a complaint against Somerville that charges him with one count of perjury under oath, one count of attempt to file a false or forged instrument, and one count of forgery.

According to the complaint, Somervill had taken an oath to testify in Nevada County Superior Court on a case where his testimony involved an income and expense declaration for calculation of child support, regarding his pay in 2013.

He allegedly offered a false and forged instrument involving direct deposit information, according to the complaint.

“It’s important to note that no criminal cases were implicated,” District Attorney Cliff Newell said. “This case arises from his action in a civil case.”

Newell added that the CHP investigated and referred the case to his office.

Somervill’s arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 2.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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The Union Updated May 19, 2014 03:17AM Published May 12, 2014 03:52PM Copyright 2014 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.