Jim Hayes was convicted by the federal jury

Jim Hayes, a former three-term mayor, was convicted by the federal jury of 16 of the 27 counts he was charged with, including conspiracy, theft, fraud, misapplication of federal funds, money laundering and failing to file tax returns.
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 indictment accused Hayes of diverting the money from $2.9 million in government funds issued to a tutoring and mentoring center run by his wife.
His wife, Murilda "Chris" Hayes, previously pleaded guilty to a reduced number of charges. She did not testify against her husband and was not in the courtroom on Monday.Sentencing was set for May.

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