Felony criminal charges have been filed against a husband and wife team who used to run an Alameda County agency that was supposed to help low-income people and parolees with job training, education and housing needs.
The charges against Nanette Dillard and Paul Daniels come about a year after county officials learned that the county's Associated Community
Action Program, or ACAP, had gone bankrupt and disbanded the agency, which had operated for more than 30 years.
Dillard was the agency's executive director and Daniels was its grants manager.
They are charged with grand theft, conspiracy to commit a crime and crime by a public officer.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley alleged that Dillard and Daniels misused more than $400,000 in county and federal funds.
O'Malley also alleged that they used public money for personal benefits, including spa services and expensive dinners, that weren't work-related and used ACAP-contracted staff for work on their home as well as at the home of Dillard's brother.
O'Malley said in a statement, "When public officials misappropriate and mismanage funds, not only do they break the law, but they also violate the public's trust in our government agencies. My office will remain vigilant in the investigation and prosecution of crimes involving public corruption."