By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the

conviction and sentence of former Jefferson County Commissioner

Jeff Germany.

A federal jury convicted Germany in 2006 of misusing taxpayers'


Germany appealed his conviction on one count of conspiracy and four

counts of misapplying government funds along with his three-year

prison sentence.

Germany's appeal centered on issues of insufficient evidence,

expired statute of limitations, defective indictment and also that

his sentence was unreasonable.

A three-judge panel disagreed.

Germany began serving his 43-month sentence at the Federal

Prison Camp Montgomery located on Maxwell Air Force Base in

December 2006.

A jury convicted him of illegally funneling discretionary funds

through social services agencies, then having new checks cut and

the money passed on to other recipients he designated.

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