SALEM, Oregon -- It's a story you couldn't make up.
The fiancé of Oregon’s governor has admitted to being part of an illegal pot growing operation in the nineties, and confessed to accepting $5,000 to marry an Ethiopian man who needed a green card.
"I was struggling to put myself through college and was offered money in exchange for marrying a young person who had a chance to get a college degree himself if he were able to remain in the United States," Cylvia Hayes tearfully told reporters.
Public records show that just four months after Hayes' fraudulent marriage papers were inked in 1997, she bought land with another man in a remote part of Washington state near the Canadian border.
In a statement Hayes says:
"I am not proud of that brief period of time - I was involved in an abusive relationship with a dangerous man. We lived together for several months on the property in Okanogan that was intended to be the site of a marijuana grow operation that never materialized. I was never financially involved with it. I did not pay any part of the down payment or mortgage payments. I had no money. The money I had received in July 1997 for entering a fraudulent marriage was used as I have previously stated -- to purchase a lap top and pay school expenses."
Court records show her former boyfriend has several convictions for domestic abuse.