Sacto 9-1-1
December 19, 2011
Library official and wife convicted in kickback scheme

The former security chief of the Sacramento Public Library and his wife were both convicted of grand theft and bribery today in connection with a billing scheme in which they and a third defendant split an estimated $780,000.

A Sacramento Superior Court jury returned the verdicts against James E. Mayle and his wife, Janie Rankins-Mayle, who ran a company that handled billing for the library system on maintenance projects.

James Mayle also was convicted of conflict of interest.

Former library facilities director Dennis Nilsson also has been convicted in the case.

Judge Allen H. Sumner scheduled the Mayles' sentencing for Jan. 20. The Mayles remained free on $45,000 bail. Nilsson was remanded into custody after his Dec. 9 conviction.

According to evidence presented at trial, the Mayles and Nilsson conspired to pad the bills on maintenance projects sent out to subcontractors. The maintenance firms controlled by Janie Rankins-Mayle received $1.342 million in payments from the library authority and distributed only $562,000 to the contractors, the evidence showed.

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About Sacto 9-1-1

Sacto 9-1-1 is a blog on crime and emergency services news in the Sacramento region.

Send feedback on Sacto 9-1-1 to Assistant Metro Editor Anthony Sorci at

Subscribe to Breaking News Alerts

Arrest Logs

Sacto 9-1-1 Q&A

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues. QUESTION: A couple of years ago, a Sacramento tax attorney named Roni Deutch was the target of an investigation by the California Department of Justice. She was accused of bilking clients out of millions and defying a court (Read More)

More Questions and Answers
See all the crime Q&As
Submit your question

March 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Monthly Archives

Kim Minugh on Twitter

Follow "Kim_Minugh" on Twitter

Local Agencies on Twitter