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Public assistance fraud lands woman on diversion program

A defendant charged with filing fraudulent public assistance forms pleaded guilty Monday and was placed on the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program by Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor.

 

Denise Riker-Glasgow, 29, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to theft, a fifth-degree felony and was placed on a specialized regimen that includes counseling and repaying about $3,000 she fraudulently received from Logan County Job and Family Services over a 10-year period. She must also repay court costs.

The defendant claimed she was paying rent at her then-residence, where she was actually living rent free, Logan County Prosecutors report. That misrepresentation, which included forging rent receipts, resulted in overpayments between 2002 and 2012 totaling $2,899.

If she successfully completes the diversion program, the felony charge will be dismissed from her record. Should she violate terms of the program, prosecutors may reactivate the case and the defendant will be brought back to court to face sentencing, which could include a year in prison or community control.

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For more Common Pleas Court news, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Examiner.

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