A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted a former Sacramento Public Library official on 16 counts related to a bill-padding scheme that cost county taxpayers more than $730,000.
The panel found Dennis Nilsson, 65, the library authority's former facilities director, guilty of grand theft, bribery and conflict of interest.
Sheriff's officials took Nilsson into custody immediately after the jury's verdict.
Prosecutors say Nilsson was at the center of an operation where a billing service paid $562,000 to contractors out of the $1.3 million it received on 1,400 work orders from April 2004 through July 2007.
A second jury in the case will hear closing arguments next week in the trial of two other defendants in the case. They are the library's former security supervisor, James E. Mayle, 66, and his wife, Janie Rankins-Mayle, 62. Rankins-Mayle set up the billing service that handled the payments to the contractors.