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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Preliminary hearings for welfare fraud cases continued

  • Preliminary hearings for a couple accused of committing welfare fraud in Leavenworth County have been continued until late February, a court official said.
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  • Preliminary hearings for a couple accused of committing welfare fraud in Leavenworth County have been continued until late February, a court official said.
    Gregory L. Riley and Diana L. Riley were scheduled to have preliminary hearings in their cases Monday, with two days being set aside on the court docket. But the hearings have been rescheduled for Feb. 28.
    District Judge Gunnar Sundby said the prosecution and defense requested a continuance last week in the cases.
    Gregory Riley is charged with one count of social welfare fraud, one count of theft by deception and 14 counts of perjury, all felonies. Diana Riley is charged with one count of social welfare fraud, one count of theft by deception and 10 counts of perjury. The crimes are alleged to have occurred between June 2005 and November 2009.
    The Rileys, who live in rural Bonner Springs, entered into a plea agreement in February, pleading no contest to charges of welfare fraud and perjury. They were sentenced to a year of probation, but the defense and prosecution disagreed over how much restitution was owed.
    In June, Sundby ruled the couple owed $50,105 in restitution. The defense asked the judge to reconsider this ruling. The Rileys eventually were allowed to withdraw their pleas, and charges were reinstated against them.
    In September, amended complaints were filed, resulting in changes to the charges.
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