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Grass Valley Downtown Association embezzlement case ends in dismissal

The embezzlement case against the former director of the Grass Valley Downtown Association ended abruptly Monday when Julia Jordan paid her old boss almost $2,000.

The payment — which was the amount prosecutors said Jordan improperly took from her former employer — led Deputy District Attorney Casey Ayer to request the dismissal. Nevada County Superior Court Judge Linda Sloven agreed to the deal, effectively ending the case.

"As I have said all along, the situation that occurred with Julia and the association I think is most fairly described as a misunderstanding of the executive director and some members of the board," said attorney Stephen Munkelt, who represents Jordan.

Jordan's record will show an arrest on the theft accusation and that it was dismissed, Munkelt added. Jordan wasn't present at Monday's hearing.

"Considering her very minimal history and the fact that the association was mainly concerned with receiving restitution, I believe it's a reasonable resolution to the case," District Attorney Cliff Newell said in an email.

Jordan won a legal victory last month when a judge reduced her felony charge to a misdemeanor.

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Newell said the judge ruled at the time that the $1,998.63 in question wasn't much more than what's needed to qualify for a felony. Additionally, a 1997 criminal conviction on Jordan's record is minimal.

Authorities had claimed that Jordan had bonus checks written without permission. Munkelt said she had authorization and that no crime happened.

Jordan left the association in February 2015 after serving three years as its director.

Lisa Swarthout, current chairperson of the downtown association, wasn't on the board when Jordan left her position.

"I'm glad the whole thing is done and over and behind us," Swarthout said when contacted. "We're moving forward."

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.