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February 21, 2012
OAKLAND -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced that on Friday, February 17, 2012, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office filed criminal charges against Nanette Sheree Dillard and Paul Daniels in connection with the Associated Community Action Program (ACAP). Defendant Nanette Dillard was the Executive Director of ACAP from 2004 through her termination in February, 2011. Defendant Daniels was the Grants Manager of ACAP until he was terminated in February, 2011. Defendants Dillard and Daniels are married.
Defendants Dillard and Daniels face felony counts as follows:
The charges are based on alleged criminal conduct including filing a false statement about the financial holdings of ACAP to the Federal Government, the result of which resulted in additional monies being awarded to ACAP which were then improperly and illegally spent and managed by Dillard and Daniels. The criminal complaint is also based on several allegations of abuse and illegal use of public monies for personal benefits, including spa services, expenditures that were not work related, using ACAP contracted staff for work on the home of Dillard and Daniels as well as at the home of Dillard's brother. Defendant Dillard faces one additional felony count of Penal Code Section 424, Crime by a Public Officer, for the unlawful use of ACAP resources for her personal benefit between the dates of January 1, 2010 and February 11, 2011.
DA O’Malley states, “Penal Code Section 424 safeguards against the illegal mismanagement of public funds by officials who are entrusted to oversee their proper use. This law prohibits a Public Officer from misuse of public moneys, including misappropriating public funds, knowingly keeping a false account or making false entries, or fraudulently altering or falsifying any account. 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.”
ACAP is a public agency established over thirty years ago to assist low-income individuals with basic life skills, including job training, education and housing needs. The Governing Board is comprised of officials from Alameda County and the twelve participating cities that together entered into a Joint Powers Agreement to create the program. ACAP receives its funding in significant part from government grants, both state and federal. ACAP effectively ceased operations and most of its employees were terminated in 2011, following severe financial difficulties.
An Alameda County Superior Court Judge today issued a warrant for the arrest of both defendants. No date has yet been set for their arraignment.