By Brad Segall

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — The retired director of the law library inside the Montgomery County Courthouse has been ordered held for trial on charges that he stole taxpayer money to buy things for himself and his staff.

Bruce Piscadlo waived his preliminary hearing today and will now stand trial on charges that include theft and conspiracy.

The 62-year-old New Jersey man was arrested earlier this month as part of an investigation into the misuse of funds after an audit by the county controller turned up irregularities.

Prosecutor Jeremy Lupo says the investigation confirmed illegal activity over three years:

“(Piscadlo) purchased desktops, laptops, printers, and other electronic equipment from, first, Staples, and then also, for a total loss of over six thousand dollars.”

Piscadlo remains free on $20,000 unsecured bail.  The former bookkeeper in the library, Barbara Melnyk, is also charged in the case, accused of using taxpayer dollars to buy personal items (see related story).

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