SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has accused former Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes of using her bankruptcy proceeding to drag out a resolution of her ethics case months longer than needed.
The Statesman Journal reports that Carolyn Wade, a senior assistant attorney general representing the commission, made the claim in a Dec. 31 filing in Hayes' bankruptcy proceeding. Hayes filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in July 2018.
In addition to up to $110,000 in possible civil penalties from 22 ethics violations, Hayes has a more than $124,000 judgment against her for a public records lawsuit The Oregonian won.
Wade said the bankruptcy proceeding is meritless.
The ethics commission ruled in January 2018 -- six months before Hayes filed for bankruptcy -- that she violated state ethics laws by using her position for the financial benefit of herself and her business.