Sacto 9-1-1
March 16, 2012
Judge orders Sacramento library figure to pay $824,097 restitution

A judge today ordered the former maintenance superintendent of the Sacramento Public Library Authority to pay the agency back $824,097 in the billing scandal for which he has been convicted and sentenced to prison.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen H. Sumner imposed the levy on the former library employee, Dennis Nilsson, who was convicted in the kickback scheme Dec. 9 and who was later sentenced to prison for 14 years.

Deputy District Attorney MIke Blazina asked for a $1.4 million restitution order, but Sumner said that contractors involved in the scandal had provided the district with some needed maintenance work and that it should not be subject to the effort to recover the library's losses.

Sumner also scheduled a hearing for May 11 on the DA's request to appoint a receiver to search out the assets of Nilsson and co-defendants James Mayle, the library's former security director, and his wife, Janie Rankins-Mayle, who set up an outside billing firm that processed the funds in the kickback scheme.

Mayle is the former chief of the now-defunct Grant school district. Rankins-Mayle is a former captain for the Port of Sacramento police agency. They both also were convicted and sentenced to prison -- six years for her, five years and four months for him.

Blazina said outside court that he is seeking a $781,000 restitution order on the Mayles.

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