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Nevada County judge to issue decision next week on probable cause in downtown association embezzlement case

A Nevada County judge is expected to decide next week if enough evidence exists to send the embezzlement case of Julia Jordan to trial.

Jordan, the former head of the Grass Valley Downtown Association, appeared Tuesday in Nevada County for her preliminary hearing. Currently the president and CEO of the Auburn, Washington, area Chamber of Commerce, Jordan faces a felony count of grand theft of personal property from her time as Grass Valley's downtown director.

Superior Court Judge Robert Tice-Raskin heard about four hours of testimony in the case, said defense attorney Stephen Munkelt, who represents Jordan.

Tice-Raskin, who must find that enough probable cause exists for the case to advance to trial, is expected to make his decision on Tuesday.

“The evidence seems pretty clear that she violated the position of trust that GVDA placed her in as the Director of the Association. We will not know for certain, though, until the court makes its ruling.”

— District Attorney Cliff Newell

Prosecutors allege Jordan had a bonus check worth over $1,000 written in her name without authorization. Munkelt said no crime occurred.

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"She believed she had the authority to authorize these checks because the total amount was within the scope of the budget," he said, noting three checks were issued to the association's three employees, including Jordan.

District Attorney Cliff Newell said in an email he believes Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Hotaling presented enough evidence to proceed with the case.

"The evidence seems pretty clear that she violated the position of trust that GVDA placed her in as the Director of the Association," Newell said. "We will not know for certain, though, until the court makes its ruling."

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

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