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.

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