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Authorities say a Lake Delton woman provided false information to collect more than $15,000 in food stamps over five years.

An officer with the Lake Delton Police Department began investigating in June after learning of allegations that 28-year-old Diana Salazar-Balleza was collecting public assistance while gainfully employed under a different name.

The officer eventually confronted Salazar-Balleza while she was working as a housekeeper at the Chula Vista Resort. She allegedly admitted to failing to disclose her alternate identity and employment, but said she had made a mistake.

The officer later learned that Salazar-Balleza contacted the state Department of Health Services the same day she had been confronted by the officer to cancel her BadgerCare and food stamp assistance, the complaint states.

A fraud investigator with the state Department of Health Services determined Salazar-Balleza had collected more than $15,000 in food share benefits to which she was not entitled during her five years of employment at the resort.

The DHS employee alleged that Salaza-Balleza had 11 opportunities to correct her case file during that period and report her income from Chula Vista.

The Sauk County District Attorney’s Office has charged Salazar-Balleza with a felony food stamp offense, saying she knowingly failed to report a change in income. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.

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