Trunk pleads innocent to felony charges |

Trunk pleads innocent to felony charges

Former Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce President Ron Trunk pleaded innocent in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday to felony charges alleging fraud, embezzlement, forgery and theft.

Trunk’s newly hired attorney, David Silber of Penn Valley, told the court that his client will be exonerated of all charges.

“We’re anxious to vindicate him, and Trunk is anxious to clear his good name,” Silber said after the hearing.

Trunk is charged with two felony counts.

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

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

The second charge involves discrepancies in Trunk’s administration of the chamber between May 15, 2000, and May 15, 2001, and alleges embezzlement, forgery and theft.

Judge M. Kathleen Butz scheduled Trunk’s next court appearance – a felony conference – for Oct. 10.

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