Jamesette (James) Hays Jr., director of the Compton YMCA, was arraigned on forgery charges Tuesday in Compton Municipal Court. A hearing was set for Nov. 5 to determine if he will be bound over to Superior Court for trial. Hays entered a plea of not guilty.
According to Deputy Dist. Atty. Pamela Frohreich, Hays is charged with forging the name of a contractor on a $7,164 city check that was to help pay for renovations at the Y's new facility on Long Beach Boulevard. Hays allegedly deposited the money in a YMCA account and wrote 56 checks with it.
Hays was also arraigned Tuesday on charges of writing a check without sufficient funds and of violating probation. He is accused of writing an $8,000 check to the contractor, Roland Dix of R. D. Construction in Los Angeles, on a second YMCA account that did not have enough money in it.
Hays is also accused of violating a three-year probation that stems from a 1987 case in which he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit grand theft. That case involved checks stolen from the Los Angeles-based Motown Record Corp.