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Former State Congressman Charged in Fraud Case

Former State Congressman Charged in Fraud Case

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A former Utah congressman who also served a stint as Springville mayor has been charged with 20 counts of fraud.

The Utah Division of Securities claimed James Brent Haymond and another man fraudulently obtained more than 360-thousand dollars from several investors.

According to court documents, Haymond obtained some of the money by telling an investor the money would be used to help The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints establish church missions in China.

State officials say the L-D-S Church was NOT involved.

Other alleged scams involved building power plants and then airplanes in China.

Haymond said he is innocent and believes the case will be resolved before it goes to trial.

Haymond served as mayor of Springville from 1982 to 1986. He sought a second term but did not win. From 1991 to 1999, Haymond served in the state House of Representatives.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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