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Paul Ryan's Ex-GF

Served Prison Time

For Wire Fraud

9/1/2012 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0901_paul_ryan_girlfriend_getty_wsjNow we know why Paul Ryan's ex-girlfriend was so tight-lipped yesterday when we asked her about the VP hopeful ... turns out she was indicted by the Feds back in 1999 and spent months in prison for committing wire fraud ... TMZ has learned.

Deneeta D. Pope -- who made headlines recently as Ryan's African-American GF in college -- was indicted by a Grand Jury in November 1999 for allegedly swindling her former employer -- Ernst & Young -- out of $77,000.

Pope pled guilty in 2001 to stealing a lesser amount, but admitted she inflated expense reports, fabricated receipts and turned in phony invoices. She then used a wire transfer to move the money from a bank in Delaware to a different account in Chicago.

Pope created the scam by claiming she attended an educational course for work.  Turns out ... the course didn't even exist.

Pope served 5 months in Federal Prison.

FYI -- Ryan dated Pope approximately 10 years before she was indicted. They met at Miami University of Ohio in the early 90's.


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Tino Torrez    

Obviously,...she was a victim of this country's racism.

784 days ago

Phishie from Philly    

What the F**k does that have to do with anything. Obama had lunch with drug dealers in college. Would that matter?
Phishie from Philly

784 days ago


No one should be held liable for the indiscretions of an ex boyfriend/girlfriend. How ludicrous! I would venture to say that the majority of Americans either know, dated, or are related to someone who has broken the law in their lifetime.

784 days ago

Who Knew    

She was diffidently framed because of racism. Damn whitey.

784 days ago

say what?    

Leave the woman alone.

784 days ago


why are you ruining this woman's life?

784 days ago


WHO CARES!!!!!!! She isn't running for Veep Leave the woman alone.

784 days ago


I really think this story should be taken down. She clearly does not want/need the attention. She's just a woman trying to move on with her life. She made a mistake over 10 years ago. Give the woman a break. She has nothing to with Ryan anymore. It seems like everyone is fishing for something and if you can't find something on him, you are going to destroy everybody he has ever been involved with.

784 days ago


WOW... now you ***S at TMZ are going after old girlfriends to smear this guy!! LOL... you home boy Lefties need to check yourselves.

784 days ago


Man oh man this guy is soooo creeepy looking

784 days ago


This has zero to do with Paul Ryan. Are you trying to insinsuate this is some reflection of who Paul is? Because it is not. Is this all you have TMZ? Pathetic.

784 days ago


Why are you guys dragging this all up? Who cares what his gf did from college? Leave people alone and stop dragging up their old drama. Im sure all of you have skeletons that you would like to keep quiet. Good grief. This says NOTHING about Paul Ryan as a person.

And LOL @ victim of this country's racism that made me laugh ha ha !

784 days ago


Again TMZ why do you feel the need to post someone's personal details to the web?

784 days ago


It's obvious what TMZ's agenda is for this election - like that's a surprise.

This woman is a private citizen! Her past is of no interest to us and is none of our business!!

Is this the kind of thing we'll be seeing from you TMZ? What next? The babysitter's grades?

784 days ago

al baby    

She is hotter than Mochelle

784 days ago
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