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What is the status of three people charged with fraud against the Sacramento Public Library?

– Gary, Sacramento

Three people were sentenced to prison for bilking taxpayers out of more than $800,000 over more than seven years through an overbilling scheme.

Two of the three, Dennis Nilsson and James Mayle, worked for the Sacramento Library Authority, and the third was Mayle’s wife Janie Rankins-Mayle.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Nilsson, the library’s maintenance superintendent, came up with the kickback idea in 2000, working deals with private contractors to pad maintenance bills, evidence at trial showed. As the library’s security chief, Mayle, a former police chief with the old Grant Joint Union High School District, requisitioned security upgrades and parceled them out in conjunction with Nilsson through two billing companies run by Mayle’s wife. Rankins-Mayle set up the billing companies that processed the inflated work orders.

Nilsson was sentenced in January 2012 to 14 years and eight months in prison for his conviction on 18 felony counts, including grand theft, bribery and conflict or interest, and for special allegations of carrying out an aggravated white collar crime that embezzled more than $150,000 in public funds. Of the three, Nilsson is the only one whose name appears in the online roster of current California State Prison inmates. Now 68 years old, he is at the California Institution for Men in Chino.

Mayle was sentenced to five years and four months for grand theft, bribery and conflict of interest convictions and the jury’s special findings, while Rankins-Mayle received a six-year term for grand theft and bribery convictions.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.