Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes And His Wife Chris Report To "Club Fed" Prison In Fort Worth, Texas

On June 16th, 2008, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that former Fairbanks city Mayor Jim Hayes and his wife have reported to prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jim Hayes, found guilty by a jury this spring of helping Murilda “Chris” Hayes, his wife, steal money from social-service grants for their church and for personal spending, reported on Wednesday June 11th to the low-security Federal Correctional Institution, a "club Fed". Chris Hayes, who pleaded guilty early last winter to two charges in the case, reported on June 11th to another "club Fed", the prison-run Carswell Federal Medical Center. Carswell is located on a naval air station and provides medical and mental health services for women. In Chris Hayes' defense, she's experienced some medical problems.

A federal judge in May sentenced Jim Hayes, 62, to five and a half years and Chris Hayes, 57, to three years in prison, respectively, for stealing from the social-service grants, hiding the thefts through money laundering and, in Jim Hayes’ case, filing false tax returns. The former mayor’s attorney has initiated an appeal of the conviction and said last month he expects lawyers on both sides could start submitting briefs to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in August.

The low-security jail for men had an inmate population of 1,797 as of Thursday, while the women’s medical center, including its satellite facility, had an inmate population of 1,860 as of Thursday.

While the federal prison system does not include parole, inmates can earn 50 days or more of credit per year for “good time” served that can be cashed in at the end of their respective sentences.

Click HERE to review all previous posts on this case. Additional News-Miner articles from the indictment phase back in March 2007 can be found HERE.

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