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Montgomery County Law Library director arrested

Published On: Aug 20 2013 04:19:23 PM EDT
Bruce Piscadlo

Bruce Piscadlo was arrested Tuesday for thefts that happened while he was the director of the Law Library of Montgomery County.

He has been charged with theft by unlawful taking and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, plus related charges.

The arrest was announced by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.


County Controller Stewart Greenleaf, Jr., found irregularities when he conducted an audit on the law library that he felt rose to the level of criminal activity.

Greenleaf referred the matter to the district attorney’s office.

The investigation by the Montgomery County Detective Bureau confirmed the controller’s finding that over the period of the last three years Piscadlo used taxpayer dollars to purchase items for himself and his library staff.

During the controller’s audit of the library, 50 unaccounted items were purchased from Staples using library funds. They included computers, laptops, printers and other electronic equipment that  county detectives determined were purchased by Piscadlo for himself or his staff, costing taxpayers $4,830.94.

Authorities said Piscadlo also conspired with Barbara Melnyk to use library funds to purchase textbooks for a family member through The cost of the textbooks was $2,598.37. They said Piscadlo directed the purchase using taxpayer dollars to compensate his employee in lieu of increased salary.

 Melnyk, a bookkeeper in the law library, was arrested June 14 on theft and related charges. She is accused of purchasing nearly $2,600 worth of textbooks for family members.

Piscadlo retired as director of the law library in December.

Earlier this month, detectives located a HP Touchscreen All-in-One Computer, a HP Office Jet Printer, and a Monster brand Digital Power Center at Piscadlo's  house. All were  purchased from Staples using library funds during his employment and kept he retired.

The defendant was arrested Tuesday morning at the Montgomery County Detective Bureau. He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Margaret Hunsicker, who set bail at $20,000 unsecured.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Judge Hunsicker at 11 a.m.  August 30.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Abidiwan-Lupo.