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Sacramento Library Official, Wife Sentenced in Grand Theft Case

District Attorney Jan Scully announced that the Honorable Allen H. Sumner sentenced the former Sacramento library facilities superintendent Dennis Nilsson to 14 years, eight-months in prison, the library authority's one-time security chief James Mayle to five years, four months in prison and his wife Janie Rankins-Mayle to six years in prison.

Last month, a jury convicted James Mayle and Janie Rankins-Mayle of grand theft and bribery for their part in over billing the Sacramento Public Library Authority for maintenance services. The jury also convicted James Mayle of criminal conflict of interest. A separate jury convicted Dennis Nilsson of 16 counts of grand theft, bribery, and conflict of interest.

Mayle and Rankins-Mayle formed two companies, All City Maintenance and Hagginwood Services, Inc. With the assistance of co-defendant Nilsson, independent contractors who did maintenance services for the library were directed to submit their bills to Rankins-Mayle under the All City and Hagginwood businesses. Rankins-Mayle then substantially inflated those billings and submitted them to the library for payment using her own letterhead. Nilsson approved the invoices for payment. From 2004 to 2007, All City Maintenance and Hagginwood Services, Inc. were paid approximately $1.3 million, of which $780,000 had been inflated over what the contractors who actually performed the work originally billed. Mayle and Rankins-Mayle paid Nilsson over $100,000 in bribes for approving the invoices.

A victim impact statement from Sacramento Public Library Authority Board Member Jeff Slowey stated that the stolen monies could have paid for 40,000 children’s picture books and could have gone toward keeping the new Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven branch location open for two years, which they are currently using library savings to keep open.

A restitution hearing is set for March 2, 2012.

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