Crime

Belleville woman pleads guilty to defrauding government

A 34-year-old Belleville woman who allegedly lied to the government about being a single parent who needed assistance to care for her child pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to fraud charges.

Roshanda J. Story, who also goes by the name Roshanda J. Guyton, admitted to receiving Illinois Department of Human Services assistance payments to help her care for her child even though she lived with the child’s father and the two cared for the child together. In all, Story received $2,379.25 in payments she never should have gotten from December 2012 to May 2013.

Story was prosecuted in federal court because IDHS services are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years on probation. She was ordered held without bail until her sentencing, which is set for July 24.

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