Ex-Fairbanks mayor appeals conviction

Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2008

FAIRBANKS - Former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes has filed notice in federal court that he's appealing his conviction and sentence for stealing federal grant money.

It will be heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Hayes was sentenced earlier this month to 5½ years for his role in the misuse of more than $450,000 in grants sent to a social services agency.

His wife, who goes by Chris Hayes, got three years. Both have been ordered to report to prison by mid-June.

Hayes was accused of helping funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to himself and to help finish a $2 million home for the Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ, where he serves as pastor.

The government said Hayes diverted the money from $2.9 million in government funds issued to a tutoring and mentoring center run by his wife.

Chris Hayes previously pleaded guilty to a reduced number of charges.

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