Daily Mail: Hayes’ Former Lover Says Pot Farm Her Idea
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
“For some reason Cylvia always gets herself on the crooked road. She's sly,” Karl Topinka told the Daily Mail. I can't even tell you what I've sacrificed in my life for her. This guy's [Kitzhaber] doing the same. Look at what a powerful couple they could be, think of that responsibility. You can't abuse that but she did. How can you trust that person?”
Hayes went on a trip to Siberia in 1997, just months after Hayes had married an Ethiopian immigrant for cash, in a sham marriage scheme. He also said she didn't tell him about her illegal marriage.
Topinka, who Hayes had described as a "dangerous man" when news of her involvment in a pot-growing operations broke, told the Mail that in 1997 Hayes was in charge of setting up a marijuana growing operation in Washington's Okanogan Valley.
"That was all her," Topinka told the Mail. "I didn't want to be part of that at all but Cylvia had a plan."
This unveiling is just the latest in the saga of reports on Hayes. Hayes and Kitzhaber have been accused of ethics violations. Media stated that she has profited as a political consultant due to the access she has as the governor's fiancée.
Hayes confessed in a press conference earlier this month that she had an illegal marriage in which she was given $5,000 in order to help an Ethiopian immigrant gain U.S. citizenship.
Hayes was the co-owner of a house in Washington with Topinka that was intended for a marijuana-grow operation. The ownership of the farm took place in the late 1990s.
Topinka, according to the Daily Mail, has domestic violence convictions and has served jail time.