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Ryan Kapku and Christina Leon Plead Guilty to Receiving Aid by Misrepresentation

Two Salinas residents have pleaded guilty to felony receiving aide by misrepresentation, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced Friday.

Prosecutors said Ryan Kapku, 35, and Christina Leon, 41, claimed to be unemployed and were receiving cash aide and food stamps when Kapku was in fact employed and was receiving income well above the threshold to receive benefits. The fraud occurred between October 2013 and February 2014.

Both Kapku and Leon misrepresented income on their eligibility status reports to the Department of Social Services, and that misrepresentation resulted in an overpayment of $2,811 in benefits. The two are facing up to 365 days in county jail and three years of formal felony probation. They will also be ordered to pay back the overpayment of benefits. They are scheduled for sentencing in November.

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