A married couple from Alameda County, Nanette Dillard and her husband, Paul Daniels were found guilty of grand theft ( CA Penal Code 487) and false accounting by a public official (CA Pena Code 118) for improperly distributing a federal grant. They were allegedly accused of stealing money from an antipoverty program they once managed.
The jury found that the couple stole grant money and gave a false accounting to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, whom awarded the grant to them.
Daniels was also convicted of fabricating a memo about the program, which ran a variety of job, educational and housing programs.
The jury acquitted the couple of charges that they conspired to defraud the government and charges that they used the money for personal profit. The couple is currently free on bail and their sentencing is on April 18.
Dillard's attorney is very disappointed with the results of the case and does not believe that the couple committed any crime; he believes that the jury got confused and is going to appeal the case.