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Woman facing 20 years for benefit fraud in Walworth County

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
February 25, 2010
— A Genoa City woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to accusations she received more than $14,000 in medical assistance and food stamps she wasn’t eligible for from Walworth County.

Deana A. Ryan, 30, faces two felony counts in Walworth County with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.


According to the criminal complaint:


Ryan received medical assistance and food stamps from Walworth County Human Services from May 2006 through June 2007.


At the time, authorities believed Ryan lived in Burlington, paying $500 per month in rent with a daughter and no income, according to the complaint.


An investigation revealed Ryan was living with Joseph D. Huntzicker in Poplar Grove, Ill. Huntzicker said Ryan lived in the house for free, and that his income at the time was between $100,000 and $120,000 per year.


Ryan would not have been eligible for benefits from Walworth County because she lived in Illinois, county officials said.


Ryan is expected in court Monday, April 5, for a status hearing.



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