Video shows the missing part of the Talking Points about that night
On May 21, 2015, an Olympia Safeway employee came to work like it was any other day.
Before her shift was over, she had a thirty pound case of beer thrown at her during a crazed fit of theft and vandalism. She told the 911 operator that her assailant had already robbed the store earlier.
Miraculously, she wasn’t badly hurt. She managed to smack down the thirty pound weapon. Glass shattered.
She could have easily been knocked back and seriously injured. The case of beer could have landed on her. She could have suffered cuts, broken bones and internal injuries.
Hyer did not contest DFI’s charges of securities fraud and illegal selling of securities. He accepted a Cease and Desist Consent Order in April 2015.
Cooper promoted Hyer’s Olycentro in “Thurston Talks” after fraud charges had been filed
Jim Cooper publicly promoted Hyer’s Olycentro in a February 13, 2015 article in “Thurston Talks.”‘ The article had been submitted by the “Centro”, which is part of Olycentro Inc. Jim Cooper was the spokesman for Olycentro.
February 13, 2015 was halfway in between when fraud charges were filed against Hyer and Olycentro, and Hyer’s acceptance of the Consent Order.
In that February 13, 2015 article, Jim Cooper made no mention of the charges that had already been filed against Hyer and Olycentro. Nor did he mention all the evidence that formed the basis of DFI’s charges. His quotes were all ponies and rainbows, and happy days ahead.
I have found no statement by either Joe Hyer or Jim Cooper, acknowledging the uncontested DFI charges or the Consent Order.
RCW 19.86 is Washington’s Unfair Business Practices—Consumer Protection Act.
Unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce are hereby declared unlawful.
Olycentro is still registered as a Washington State corporation. Jim Cooper is listed as an officer of Olycentro on the Secretary of State’s website.
Cooper currently being sued by Washington Attorney General over campaign finances
Jim Cooper is currently being sued by the Washington Attorney General, who claims that Cooper broke campaign finance laws during his unsuccessful 2016 campaign for Thurston County Commissioner.
The Attorney General states that Jim Cooper (1) used campaign funds for personal use (2) concealed the identity of contributors to the Thurston County Democrat’s Central Committee, and (3) improperly transferred his campaign contributions to another political committee.
Besides being Finance Chair for Jim Cooper’s 2016 campaign, Joe Hyer is a regular donor to other Democrats’ campaigns.
Jim Cooper has made no apparent attempt to distance himself from Joe Hyer. Instead, Cooper has used Hyer’s name to promote his own political career.
Jim Cooper used Joe Hyer in his 2016 campaign advertising, as shown in this snip from Cooper’s facebook page—a year after Cooper had pitched Hyer’s Olycentro in the local media.
Jim Cooper and Joe Hyer worked side by side in the Democrats’ burger booth at Lakefair 2016, as show in this snip from Hyer’s facebook page.
The Olycentro Investment Scam Timeline –
On April 26, 2010, KIRO TV quoted Joe Hyer after his guilty plea for felony drug dealing:
“I will spend the rest of my life making atonement. Good deeds you can do in the future to make up for what you did wrong, and that’s what I want to focus on now,” Hyer said.
Hyer apparently chose to atone through securities fraud.
On December 5, 2014, the Washington Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) filed charges against Joe Hyer and Olycentro Inc. for violation of RCW 21.20, the state’s Securities Act.
Under the Act’s “Fraudulent and Other Prohibited Practices,” RCW 21.20.010 states:
It is unlawful for any person, in connection with the offer, sale or purchase of any security, directly or indirectly:
(1) To employ any device, scheme, or artifice to defraud;
(2) To make any untrue statement of a material fact or to omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in the light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading; or
(3) To engage in any act, practice, or course of business which operates or would operate as a fraud or deceit upon any person.
According to DFI’s uncontested charges, Hyer created his Olycentro investment scam to help pay off the $800,000 debt he had accrued from his earlier failed venture, Alpine Experience, which shut down one week before Centro opened.
According to DFI, Olycentro investors were fraudulently induced into investing in Hyer’s new group of businesses, which included Centro and Olympia Gear Exchange at the time of these charges.
These investors weren’t told that Hyer needed money to pay off his leftover debt—or that Hyer had no valid reason to state that his new corporation would be the wild success that he claimed in his investment inducements.
DFI stated that Hyer also had no valid reason to claim that he could pay investors the large dividends he used as an inducement.
DFI reported that Hyer broke other state securities laws, as well.
On April 20, 2015, Joe Hyer and Olycentro Inc. accepted a Consent Order by the Washington Department of Financial Institutions for violating the Washington Securities Act.
By accepting this Consent Order, Hyer waived his right to a hearing or a judicial review. He didn’t contest the charges.
Hyer’s acceptance of this Consent Order occurred almost five years to the day after he had pleaded guilty to felony drug dealing, and made his statements about his atonement through future good deeds.
None of this prevented Jim Cooper from pitching Hyer’s Olycentro as an up-and-coming great success in Olympia’s business community, in the midst of securities fraud charges that soon after were uncontested by Hyer.
Feature image of Jim Cooper (left) and Joe Hyer (right), from Joe Hyer’s public facebook page
Update – On January 7, 2015, Tahoe Wiseman was sentenced to serve out his full 80 week sentence for multiple violations of his SSODA disposition, and for flunking a lie detector test about his sex life. Wiseman admitted to using drugs and having sex with multiple underage girls. At his sentencing, Wiseman blamed his behavior on my articles.
Court is Blind to Social Media Impact
What happens when the stark reality of social media proves that the justice system is failing our most vulnerable? When a sex offender tweets with adoring teens?
Washington law allows certain juvenile child molesters to remain free in the community. After pleading guilty, these felons can keep their routine of school, sports, friends, parties, public recreation–even skiing on weekends. Often the only change to their schedule is bi-weekly group therapy sessions, with other juvenile sex offenders.
RCW 13.40.162 is Washington’s “Special Sex Offender Disposition Alternative” (SSODA) law for first time juvenile sex offenders. It allows molesters to remain free in the community and live their lives–even if the victim was a very young child, who had been traumatized by repeat attacks.
Under the SSODA program, a juvenile sex offender signs a two year contract with the court. According to Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Wayne Graham, RCW 13.50.050 and 42.56.210 require the terms of this contract to remain hidden from the public.