Find Real Estate Agents and Homes for Sale


Real Estate News --> Oregon News

'I AM NOT PROUD' Ore. 'first lady' bought land to grow pot, report says


Ore. 'first lady' cops to $5G green card 'marriage of convenience' VIDEO: Oregon gov's fiancee admits to fake marriage


Archived Story

Cylvia Hayes, the fiancee of Oregon GovJohn Kitzhaber, jointly bought land intended to be used for an illegal marijuana growing operation in 1997, according to a published report. ", baynoteOrOutbrain:"outbrain", commenting: "true", partnerInfo: {"partner": {"source": "","info": []}} }; var disqus_identifier = "0a0c96cfccc09410VgnVCM100000d7c1a8c0RCRD"; var disqus_category_id = "462854"; var disqus_developer = 1; Politics Home Midterm Elections Election 2016 Executive Senate House Defense Judiciary Scandals Governors Oregon gov's fiancée reportedly helped buy land to grow marijuana in 1997 Published October 14, 2014FoxNews.com Facebook0 Twitter0 livefyre Email Print mboxCreate('FoxNews-Politics-Autoplay-Videos-In-Articles'); First she admitted being part of a fraudulent green-card marriage -- now, a new report says Cylvia Hayes, fiancée of Oregon GovJohn Kitzhaber, partnered to buy land intended for an illegal marijuana growing operation in 1997.  KOIN-TV reported late Monday that Hayes partnered with a man to buy the $245,000 property in Washington state using a $15,000 down payment in November of that yearThe man who sold the couple the land told the station that Hayes and her partner soon stopped making payments, and records showed that Hayes gave up her interest in the property in April 1998She moved to Oregon three months later. ADVERTISEMENTADVERTISEMENT Hayes issued a statement saying that she was "not proud of that brief period of time" and claimed that "I was involved in an abusive relationship with a dangerous man." KION reports that the ex-boyfriend, whose name has not been released, has a history of domestic violence convictions. Last week, Hayes admitted that she was paid to enter a fraudulent marriage to help an Ethiopian immigrant remain in the United States, also in 1997She's also under fire for earning money from organizations seeking to influence state policy. The man who sold Hayes and her then-boyfriend the land, a real estate broker named Patrick Siemion, told KOIN, "There was somewhat of a leader-follower [dynamic] there, and she was leading and the gentleman was following." "She did all the talking, all the negotiating," Siemion told The Oregonian"I remember her saying, `Oh this is just the perfect place, we're so happy to have it.'" Hayes said she was never financially involved in the marijuana grow, and shortly after moving there "began to make plans to get away.  "I did not pay any part of the down payment or mortgage payments," she said"I had no moneyThe money I had received in July 1997 for entering a fraudulent marriage was used as I have previously stated -- to purchase a laptop and pay school expenses." Siemion told The Oregonian that he found marijuana trimmings in an upstairs bedroom after the property went into foreclosureHe said he did not see marijuana plants, but found fertilizer and irrigation tubing that he considered evidence of a grow. Hayes got engaged over the summer to Kitzhaber, the Democratic governor who is seeking a fourth term in next month's election. Kitzhaber's Republican rival, state RepDennis Richardson, has tried to keep the focus on Hayes' consulting work, arguing that Hayes' outside work is part of a pattern of missteps that show Kitzhaber's administration is "inept and unethical." Kitzhaber on Monday asked a state commission for a formal opinion on whether Hayes is subject to state ethics laws and, if so, whether she's broken them. Kitzhaber says his office has taken care to make sure that Hayes' consulting work doesn't pose a conflict of interest, including proactively reviewing her contracts before she agreed to workBut all three contracts made public by the governor's office were reviewed only after they went into effect. A decision by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission is unlikely to come before the electionThe commission can take up to 120 days to respond, and there are no scheduled meetings before the Nov4 election. Before Kitzhaber was elected governor, Hayes ran a consulting business, 3E Strategies, that worked on renewable energy issuesAs first lady, she's taken a public and active role, advising the governor on energy policy while advocating programs that reduce hunger and povertyShe's uncompensated and has continued her outside consulting. The governor's office has released copies of three contracts from 2013 worth nearly $86,000, along with draft and final conflict disclosure formsThe drafts, dated in July 2013, suggest Hayes couldn't use her first lady title in her consulting work or any state facilities, including Mahonia Hall, the governor's official residence. But the final versions of the documents include exceptions, allowing Hayes to call herself first lady in "a biographical profile" and use Mahonia Hall for meetings on contracts already obtained. Rachel Wray, a spokeswoman for Kitzhaber's office, said the documents were changed after Hayes "asked for clarification." The Associated Press contributed to this report.  Click for more from KOIN.com. Click for more from The Oregonian.  Advertisement Trending in Politics 1 Guantanamo adviser: DOJ allowed Pentagon to bypass Congress in Taliban-Bergdahl swap 2 Obama pulls the plug on $1.1 billion ‘clean coal’ project 3 Obama administration facing pressure to define ISIS strategy, boost aid to Jordan 4 Romney aide: Axelrod lied about what Mitt said to Obama on concession call 5 Tom Brady faces $60,500 IRS bill for winning Super Bowl See all Trends Advertisement try {jQuery.ad.goog.adsense.embed({qid:"article_2"}); } catch(err) { } mboxCreate('FoxNews-Politics-RightRail-ContextualAd'); Fox NewsPolitics Politics Home Executive Senate House of Representatives Defense Judiciary Scandals Congress To-Do List Presidential Approval Approve 51% Disapprove 47% More details → Congressional Approval Approve 13% Disapprove 75% More details → FoxNews.com Back to Top

Trending Oregon News:


  • Portland Is the Next Big Startup Scene. These Are the Names and Places to Know
  • How to Get an Oregon Real Estate License
  • This Week’s Most Expensive New Listings Are Full of Trump Flavor
  • Monday biz roundup: Solyndra bankruptcy raises questions about Oregon's taxpayer-backed solar push; new I-5 bridge ...
  • Wine putting southern oregon on the map
  • Oregon governor's fiancée Cylvia Hayes admits to pot growing
  • Albany, OR new luxury homes
  • Powin Energy Receives Significant Order for Lithium Rechargeable Battery Products
  • Compromise reached on property assessments
  • Industry Notes: River Walk Properties buys Portland office building for $6 million and other real estate transactions
  • MOD Super Fast Pizza leases in Sherwood; Hero Sushi Express leases in Hillsboro: Oregon industry notes
  • Oregon, IL Homes For Sale & Real Estate
  • Oregon lawmakers move to ease scrubbing of racist provisions
  • Wednesday Industry Notes: Real estate transactions, awards, name changes and violations for June 27
  • Cash Rains Into Real Estate Transfer Tax Measure
  • Treasurer will ask to dump Wall Street consultants
  • Are these oddball Oregon homes cute or weird? (photos)
  • Happy Valley office building purchased for $11,000,000, Oregon City apartments sell for $16,025,000, Ron Tonkin ...
  • Schools lose bid for more tax revenues
  • Saturday Industry Notes: Real estate transactions and awards for July 13