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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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Nancy    

Way to dig through someone's dirty laundry, TMZ. Based on the timeline you presented, they knew each other about a million years ago. She was charged and convicted years after whatever relationship she had with Ryan ended, and she has ZERO relationship with the guy now. Let it go. Time to start digging through someone else's garbage for your next story.

782 days ago
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jaye    

This is what I hate about Harvey and TMZ, they like to drag people in and muck up their life when they don't have anything to do with the people they REALLY want to interview. Harvey is just a bully. If true, the woman paid her debt. You didn't have go snooping around in her life.

782 days ago
93.

vonder    

Are you shocked? I'm sure it's not her fault. The white devils have struck again!!!

782 days ago
94.

Arcadia Rink    

OCTOBER SURPRISE! WOW!!!!!

782 days ago
95.

Dobby    

There is NO reason why you should dig this up. She is not a public figure, doesn't want the attention, and this is below the belt, Harvey. She is newly married and trying to move on with her life. Imagine the hurt you have caused her, and for what? What did she do for TMZ to come into her life?

782 days ago
96.

siennagold    

TMZ, Why do you keep posting news about Ryan's ex-gf from decades back? She is not part of this election so please leave her alone. I think you guys are just digging up dirt to smear Ryan.

782 days ago
97.

sc    

now TMZ is going way below the belt. after she had made it clear she didnt want to be in the spotlight, they should have left her alone.

782 days ago
98.

Cynlee    

Leave her alone. The only reason you decided to smear this woman is because (THOUGH she is supporting Obama) she dated Ryan-- and you guys are like the rest of the MSM, you're in the bag for Obama. LEAVE her alone! Stick to parasites like the Kardasians and that poor excuse of a human Justin Bieber.

782 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

TMZ doesn't want to smear Ryan. TMZ is infatuated with Ryan and got butt hurt because she wouldn't talk to them. They probably wanted to know if they had sex and if he has a big penis--it's TMZ...you know.

782 days ago
100.

john    

Haha. What a shocker! Typical.......

782 days ago
101.

CitySide    

She's a Democrat. Taking other people's money is what they do. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

782 days ago
102.

Zorbitor    

Her association with Paul Ryan is ruining her life 😳

782 days ago
103.

Jen    

Girlfirends Come & go. Therefore she is a nobody. If that were his ex wife then it would matter a tiny bit. Next story please.

782 days ago
104.

jacksonfive210    

So we have one guy who use to date a girl in college who got in trouble later on in life and then we have the president who got his start in politics from a guy who liked to bomb government buildings. Which one is worse?

782 days ago
105.

Jah36    

Dude! She said she didn't want to get involved in all this. She's his friggen EX! Leave her along. TMZ is classless!

782 days ago
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