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Judge transfers $480,000 in recovered fraud funds to Sacramento library

A judge Friday approved a restitution payment of $480,000 to the Sacramento Public Library Authority out of assets seized from three people convicted in a fraud case two years ago.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen H. Sumner ordered the transfer after an accounting performed by a receiver. Most of the funds were recovered from a Folsom house owned by one of the defendants in the fraud case, former library employee Dennis Nilsson.

Officials estimated that the library lost approximately $825,000 in a fraudulent billing scheme that was first uncovered by the Sacramento Bee. The bulk of the rest of the assets are currently tied up in a house owned by the two other defendants, James Mayle and his wife, Janie Rankins-Mayle.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Blazina said the loan on the Mayles’ house exceeds its current value. Sumner scheduled another hearing for Nov. 26 to abandon the Mayles’ property.