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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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Karissa C    

Really TMZ? This has absolutely nothing to do with presidential elections. This woman has done nothing to thrust herself into the spotlight and now your thoughtless reporting have probably embarrassed and harmed her irreparably. Damn shame on your part TMZ.

593 days ago
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Sandra Anne    

gotta stir the **** pot huh? so what and thanks for the FYI at the very end. you guys make me mad sometimes and I dont think you are funny.

593 days ago
63.

OMG    

Who cares? It has nothing to do with Paul Ryan. I feel sorry for her; why would you go looking into her past? She has nothing to do with the campaign. TMZ/Harvey you guys really are some *******s sometimes.

593 days ago
64.

Bu    

TMZ LEAVE HER ALONE....SHE HAS NOTHING DO DO WITH ANYTHING!

593 days ago
65.

Linda    

I think we all need to call Harvey out on his crap. He is spreading hate and totally messing with this ladies life. Harvey you are low life s***...congratulations.

593 days ago
66.

Joybubble55    

Who cares...

593 days ago
67.

Nicoleasm    

Uh oh...hope she mentioned that to her new husband before the wedding, cats out of the bag now

593 days ago
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Spencer B in MD    

Well, I hope Paul Ryan kept his eye on his wallet while he dated Deneeta D. Pope. You can't change the way some people are wired. Paul Ryan will have been lucky if he ended their relationship without catching an STD!

593 days ago
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janet    

This has to do with what?

593 days ago
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solvent    

Good judge of character Ryan! The whore who had to have more! And I ain't talkin' about the girlfriend.

593 days ago
71.

YouDontSay    

Why did you have to do a story on this. Pretty low.

593 days ago
72.

Barbara    

And this has exactly WHAT to do with anything? Someone he dated in college? TMZ is just digging smut and sitrring the pot.

593 days ago
73.

DaveT    

..."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....Pope created the scam by claiming she attended an educational course for work. Turns out ... the course didn't even exist."...
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Wow...so she did the exact same things that thousands of republican and democrat politicians and bureaucrats do all the time?

593 days ago
74.

Larry    

She was innocent and the government is only picking on her because she is black. A buddy of mine went to Occidental and attended a few classes with Barry Obama. He was called "that Stoner from Hawaii"....what does it all mean? NOTHING!!!!

593 days ago
75.

nan    

I feel kind od bad for this lady.She made a mistake and she paid for it,
Her ex wanted to use her as an example of how open minded he is and instead of looking at the candidate, people are checking out her background..
I am sure she didnt ask to be mentioned in his speech..

593 days ago
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