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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber kisses fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, after he is sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term as Governor in Salem, Ore. Big political scandals are rare in Oregon, but there's a huge one swirling around Kitzhaber and Hayes as she faces allegations that she used her access to the governor's office to secure contracts for her consulting business and that she hasn't reported all of her income to tax authorities. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Cylvia Hayes, fiancee of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, cries as she speaks at a news conference in Portland, Ore. on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Hayes has admitted that she violated the law when she married an immigrant seeking to retain residency in the United States. She said she was "associating with the wrong people" while struggling to put herself through college and regrets her actions. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)
John Kitzhaber, governor of Oregon, waits from the start of a roundtable meeting titled 'Insourcing American Jobs' in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012. Obama said he'll propose new tax incentives to reward companies that invest in U.S. expansion or bring back jobs from overseas and urge elimination of tax breaks to companies that move jobs outside the country. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber answers questions during a news conference Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Portland, Ore. Kitzhaber said that legitimate questions have been raised about his fiancee's taxes after newspaper reports that income from a renewable energy group didn't appear on her tax returns. The Democratic governor said he and Cylvia Hayes file taxes separately, and he would not discuss hers. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks during a legislative forum at the Capitol in Salem, Ore., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Kitzhaber and legislative leaders outlined their priorities for the 2015 legislative session at a Capitol forum organized by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, middle, is joined by his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, as he is sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term by Senior Judge Paul J. De Muniz in Salem, Ore. Big political scandals are rare in Oregon, but there's a huge one swirling around Kitzhaber and Hayes as she faces allegations that she used her access to the governor's office to secure contracts for her consulting business and that she hasn't reported all of her income to tax authorities. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)
In a Tuesday Sept 16, 2014 photo, Dennis Richardson poses for a photograph in downtown Portland, Ore. A generation of Oregonians has never lived under a Republican governor, and state Rep. Dennis Richardson would like to show them what it's like. He is trying to unseat incumbant Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
Gov. John Kitzhaber addresses a question during the second of five Oregon gubernatorial debates with Republican challenger Rep. Dennis Richardson, R-Central Point, in Sun River, Ore. on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)
Cylvia Hayes, fiancee of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, speaks at a news conference in Portland, Ore. on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Hayes has admitted that she violated the law when she married an immigrant seeking to retain residency in the United States. She said she was "associating with the wrong people" while struggling to put herself through college and regrets her actions. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his companion Cylvia Hayes, walk beside the high-speed train as they arrive visit to Tianjin, China, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
FILE -In this Oct. 10, 2014 file photo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber makes a statement before his gubernatorial debate with Republican challenger Dennis Richardson in Portland, Ore. Big political scandals are rare in Oregon, but there's a huge one swirling around Kitzhaber and fiancee Cylvia Hayes, as she faces allegations that she used her access to the governor's office to secure contracts for her consulting business and that she hasn't reported all of her income to tax authorities. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber speaks onstage at the Oregon Consular Corps 'Celebrate Trade' event at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, USA on 19 May 2014. (Photo by Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns)
Governor John Kitzhaber (R) chats with Commerce Secretary John Bryson before the start of a roundtable discussion on 'Insourcing American Jobs' January 11, 2012 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks during a legislative forum at the Capitol in Salem, Ore., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Kitzhaber and legislative leaders outlined their priorities for the 2015 legislative session at a Capitol forum organized by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber speaks during the annual Oregon Business Summit in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. The state's business community has outlined a legislative wish list centered on improvements in education, infrastructure and natural resource policy. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015 file photo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber escorts his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, onto the House floor before he is sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term as Governor in Salem, Ore. Kitzhaber announced his resignation Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, amid allegations Hayes used her relationship with him to enrich herself. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)
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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Workers at a central Oregon landfill became suspicious when former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, showed up to dump some trash last week.

With federal investigators looking into the scandal that forced Kitzhaber to resign last week, the landfill workers called authorities after the first couple paid a visit.

Deschutes County sheriff's deputies poked through the couple's trash for about an hour, Timm Schimke, director of the county's solid waste department, told the Bend Bulletin. The Knott Landfill is located just outside Bend, where Hayes owns a home.

"They looked like any other people who were cleaning out their garage or cleaning out a rental. It was just stuff," Schimke said. "They weren't manipulating the stuff. They were just tossing it out, and they were only in there for two or three minutes and then they left."

Their trash included old campaign signs for Hayes, who ran for the Legislature more than a decade ago, and a mattress or box spring, Schimke said.

Kitzhaber resigned last week under pressure over Hayes' work for advocacy groups with an interest in state policy. Federal authorities are investigating. Kitzhaber has denied the couple did anything wrong.

"It just seemed strange that they were at a transfer station dumping waste so soon after him resigning and them being under investigation," Schimke said.

Darryl Nakahira, legal counsel at the Sheriff's Office, is forwarding all questions and requests for information to the FBI, which doesn't respond to inquiries involving ongoing criminal investigations.

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