County employees accused of misusing funds

Charges filed after Associated Community Action Program goes bankrupt

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."

Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

How long did these two thieves work at this public agency? Who or what agency was watching over them? How could employees complain for two years and no one was listening? Didn't the fact that a husband and wife were the two in charge of the money cause alarm bells to ring with the auditors??

When is their arraignment?

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Kenny
a resident of Danville
on Feb 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm

This obviously was allowed to go on for long as it did because of our overly regulated society.

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm

(Sorry, but postings on Town Square must be in English.)

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Stacey is a registered user.


Supposedly elected officials in their oversight capacity and after that the public.

 +   Like this comment
Posted by justwondering
a resident of California Reflections
on Feb 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Who were the elected officials involved from Pleasanton?

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Public operations
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm

This is not all that unusual. You should become familiar with the county cesspool you pay for. First, why are we paying somebody to write grants FOR people to ask us to bestow gifts on them. The county is inbred with the workers and recipients, often relatives or friends. I've worked in there...I know. Not that many come the distance from Pleasanton, so most live closer to the job.
Some workers are aware and don't care; some are of similar mindset; some would like to report but for several reasons fear reprisals from immediate superiors. Some dept heads run little empires.
The permanent Co. Grand Jury investigates these issues, when reported to them, and prosecutes accordingly. They conduct secret interviews.
One high level manager thought all bosses lived royally, and she should too, SO...she had a large portrait of herself made to hang in her office, and had a fresh flower fund....both which YOU paid for.
You really should take the time to go in and check out all the goings on in your Alameda county courthouse. Remember you pay for every person, in every department in that building....PLUS their retirements !! That's just the start, there are many times more people and activities going on in other facilities throughout the county.
Then we have the whole state of CA for more exciting tales,.. like the loyal, dedicated DMV ring of workers, who for a little extra spending money, for several years, sold driver's licenses on the side to illegals! It's likely being repeated somewhere in the state today.,,they continue when others just say 'cut me in'.
Open you eyes, when you open your wallet.

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

(For reference, Mike had posted a quote in Latin translated basically as "Who watches the watchers?")

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Kenny
a resident of Danville
on Feb 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Yes, I looked it up on wikipedia too. But who will watch those who are watching the watchers? And who will watch them? And who has time and money to pay people to watch or not watch, that is the question.

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Public operations
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm

These bureaucrats normally stay on and on and ultimately have more power than 'elected' officials. They multiply like rabbits, creating an exponential growth that ends up strangling us all.

 +   Like this comment
Posted by incorrect headline
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 24, 2012 at 12:25 am

The couple in question are not county employees. They ran a non-profit. They did recieve contracts to provide services to community members. They robbed people in need of services for their own pleasure.

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Public operations
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

It's all intertwined. Yes, NON-profits are inbred into the corruption process as well. It is a very 'PROFITABLE' lifestyle.
All kinds of small and large non-profits live off OUR GRANT (tax) dollars. There is an entire non-profit culture of otherwise UNemployable people, who ? earn ? receive $200,000. annually right of the top of those hard-earned taxpayer GRANTS !! It's a whole world of opportunists as bad as the phony medicare clinic factories.
The inner structure of many non-profit grant operations need outsider verification....NOT just one rung up the ladder 'protection'.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Steve Glazer for State Senate
By Roz Rogoff | 2 comments | 1,633 views

Pleasanton resident will have his hands full trying to keep the Oakland teams
By Tim Hunt | 1 comment | 926 views

The House of Representatives performs history’s first repeat hara-kiri
By Tom Cushing | 0 comments | 135 views