Jim Hayes convicted on 16 counts including theft
Stevens' friend Hayes used cash straight from earmarks
A federal jury in Fairbanks, Alaska convicted former Mayor Jim Hayes Monday on 16 charges of conspiracy, theft, fraud, misapplication of federal funds, and money laundering, and failing to file tax returns.
Hayes and his wife embezzled more than $450,000 in government grants sent to a nonprofit social service agency via specific earmarks from his friend, Alaska senator Ted Stevens.
Stevens himself is under multiple criminal investigations for bribery, extortion, and corruption charges relating to Alaska's legislature, kickbacks to his son Ben, a suspicious remodelling of his home, and various fisheries issues including a scam involving the SeaLife Center in Seward.The Hayes jury had been deliberating since last Tuesday.
Hayes was tried on 27 counts. The jury acquitted him on four and was hung on seven counts.
Hayes' sentencing is scheduled for May 2. He is expected to get between 8 to 15 years in prison.
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