Van Bortel case headed to grand jury

A grand jury is set to take up the case of Richmond Town Supervisor Nathan Van Bortel, accused of possessing stolen business records from Canandaigua National Bank.

Van Bortel and his attorney were back in Canandaigua City Court Wednesday after a series of prior court dates. Now before Geneva City Court Judge Elisabeth Toole, a grand jury proceeding was set for Aug. 22. Canandaigua City Court Judge Stephen Aronson bowed out of the case, citing conflict of interest.

Van Bortel was charged March 10 with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class A misdemeanor. He had been a financial planner at Canandaigua National Bank. Van Bortel pleaded not guilty. His attorney, Robert Zimmerman, has pushed for the charge to be dismissed; the Ontario County district attorney’s office called for a grand jury to decide.

In court on Wednesday, Zimmerman told the judge he had not received copies of the documents at issue. Assistant District Attorney Nathan Thomas referred to the “large volume of documents alleged to be stolen” and said the D.A. isn’t required to provide hard copies but agreed to “find the best way to provide” them.

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