Arraignment for Trunk continued |

Arraignment for Trunk continued

Claiming he was waiting for a check to hire an attorney, former Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce president Ron Trunk showed up alone in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday to again ask for more time.

Judge John Darlington granted Trunk’s request and continued the felony arraignment until Sept. 12.

Apparently, Trunk is owed money from a civil judgement and asked the judge for a three-week continuance so he can hire the attorney of his choice, said Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Kull.

Trunk is charged with two felony counts.

The first count stems from an alleged fraudulent business deal Trunk made in 1999 with Lake Wildwood couple James and Lucille Taylor.

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Sacramento ruled against Trunk for $50,000 plus $5,000 in punitive damages in a February 2001 civil suit filed by the Taylors.

The second count stems from discrepancies in Trunk’s administration of the chamber between May 15, 2000 and May 15, 2001, alleging embezzlement, forgery and theft.

A warrant was issued for Trunk’s arrest July 22 after he failed to appear for his first scheduled arraignment.

Three days later, Trunk turned himself in at the Wayne Brown Correctional facility, where he was booked and released on his own recognizance.

Trunk returned to court earlier this month and asked Darlington for more time, claiming his attorney was on vacation.

Trunk, who has yet to enter a plea, declined to comment on the case Thursday.

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