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Couple plead to welfare fraud

February 29, 2012

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LEAVENWORTH — A northeast Kansas couple will be sentenced in March after pleading no contest to defrauding the state’s welfare system.

The Leavenworth Times reports that 44-year-old Gregory Riley and 47-year-old Diana Riley entered the pleas this week to one count each of felony welfare fraud and perjury.

The Rileys, who live in Bonner Springs, reached the plea agreement ahead of what was expected to be a lengthy preliminary hearing beginning today.

Prosecutors said that from 2005 to 2009, the couple wrongfully obtained more than $22,000 in food stamp assistance and more than $60,000 in medical assistance.

At one point, the county attorney says, the Rileys reported having a total of $75 in two bank accounts when they actually had nearly $10,000 in cash in five accounts plus a second home.

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