A couple who were accused of committing welfare fraud in Leavenworth County have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft charges.
The pleas by Gregory L. Riley and Diana L. Riley were entered Friday in Leavenworth County District Court as part of an agreement reached with the prosecution.
Gregory and Diana Riley each pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception. Their cases proceeded immediately to the sentencing phase. And they were placed on probation.
As part of the plea agreement, they agreed to pay $87,000 in restitution to the Kansas Department of Children and Families, which formerly was called the Social Rehabilitation Services.
This was the second plea agreement to be reached in the Rileys’ cases. They entered into one in February, pleading no contest to charges of welfare fraud and perjury. In March, they each were sentenced to one year of probation.
But the defense and prosecution disagreed over how much restitution the Rileys owed. In June, District Judge Gunnar Sundby ruled the couple owed $50,105 in restitution.
The defense asked the judge to reconsider this ruling, requesting to have an evidentiary hearing on restitution.
That ultimately led to the Rileys’ pleas being set aside in August.