Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sacramento library kickback scheme results in 2 more convictions

Sacramento library kickback scheme results in 2 more convictions

By Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee,Dec. 20, 2011

Gadflies, watchdogs and whistle-blowers basked in validation and vindication Monday when a Sacramento jury closed the book on the library corruption scandal with a clean sweep of convictions.

"You swear people in and all of a sudden a lot of the truth comes out," said Don Prange, foreman of the Sacramento County Grand Jury, which forced the case that has placed three defendants on the precipice of prison. "That's how we got to where we're at, and I'm really pleased."

A Sacramento Superior Court criminal jury finished the work begun more than four years ago by a library whistle-blower, The Sacramento Bee, a citizen activist and Prange's grand jury.
The culmination came in convictions returned against the library's former security chief, James Mayle, and his wife, Janie Rankins-Mayle. They ran a billing operation good for a $780,000 take by those two defendants and another convicted in-house collaborator, former library facilities director Dennis Nilsson. Nilsson was found guilty Dec. 9 on 16 counts.

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