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Trunk’s arraignment is continued

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Former Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce president Ronald Trunk showed up for his felony arraignment in Nevada County Superior Court Monday, then asked the judge for more time.

After being told by Trunk that his attorney was on vacation, Judge John Darlington continued the arraignment to Aug. 22.

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

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

He is charged with two felonies.

The first count stems from a fraudulent business deal Trunk made with Lake Wildwood couple James and Lucille Taylor in 1999. Trunk allegedly used property he didn’t own to leverage a $50,000 loan from the Taylors.

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

The Taylors say they’ve yet to get any of their money back.

The second count alleges embezzlement and forgery stemming from discrepancies in Trunk’s administration of the chamber from May 15, 2000, to May 15, 2001.

Reports prepared by the chamber’s board of directors indicate “unauthorized activities, forgeries and possible theft,” according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Less than two weeks after The Union published the story about the dispute between Trunk and the Taylors, the chamber’s directors voted not to renew Trunk’s position with the chamber.

Members of the board said at the time, however, that their decision had nothing to do with his financial dealings.

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