Wife of ex-Mayor Jim Hayes pursues plea deal

Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2007

FAIRBANKS - The wife of former Fairbanks city Mayor Jim Hayes filed court papers that indicate she intends to accept a plea agreement.

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Chris Hayes and her husband, Jim, are accused of misusing more than $450,000 in federal grant funds sent to a nonprofit social services agency they helped found and operate.

The notice, filed Wednesday and obtained through the federal court's online public documents service, indicated Chris Hayes had reached a deal with prosecutors.

The notice said Hayes is notifying the court of her intent to change her plea. A change of plea hearing for Chris Hayes has been scheduled for Dec. 6.

No change of plea paperwork appeared online for Jim Hayes.

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