Local business owners plead not guilty to charges | TheUnion.com

Local business owners plead not guilty to charges

Ronald Salas and his wife, Sandra Salas, owners of a Grass Valley cabinet business, pleaded not guilty to charges of diversion of construction funds at an arraignment Monday in Nevada County Superior Court.

They also pleaded not guilty to taking more than $1,000 or 10 percent of their contract amount from their clients, the prosecutor said.

“We have alleged that they violated one of the statutes which limits how much a contractor can take against the full contract price,” Deputy District Attorney Ken Tribbey said. “They also took some of those amounts and expended them elsewhere. In the process, they declared bankruptcy.”

The charges stem from their business dealings with five clients, according to court records, which also indicate that they own Cabinetry Solutions Inc. and BLR Solutions.

Cabinetry Solutions was located on Idaho-Maryland Road in Grass Valley in a building now occupied by an art studio.

The couple was never arrested and is not in custody. Tribbey said he had no reason to think they’d evade the law because they have been local business owners for many years.

Defense lawyer Stephen Munkelt, of Nevada City, declined to discuss the case or say where his clients live.

“I have not seen any of the documents the prosecution has seen,” Munkelt said.

On Monday morning, Ronald Salas, 59, came to court dressed in a crisp yellow-and-black check shirt, while Sandra Salas, 60, wore a neat blue top. After Judge Candace Heidelberger read out the charges against them, the couple entered their plea of not guilty to all counts.

Heidelberger then set a felony conference at 1 p.m. Aug. 21.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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