A 32-year-old Sturtevant woman is facing serious time behind bars after Racine County Human Services Department investigators say she stole almost $25,000 in state aid.

Kristin Gleason was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of public assistance fraud and making false statements about being eligible for state aid. If convicted, she faces up to 16 years in prison and/or up to $35,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Gleason was receiving benefits for Foodshare, child care and medical assistance despite living with her children’s father the entire time and not reporting his income to help determine her eligibility for benefits. The father’s income was verified through at least two separate parties but his information never appeared on paperwork Gleason filed in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Investigators say the period for which Gleason is being charged runs from Jan. 1, 2012 to March 31, 2014, but that she lived with her three children and their father since 2008 at addresses in Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant. In all, Gleason received the following overpayments:

  • Foodshare: $12,116
  • Medical assistance: $6,010
  • Childcare: $6,665

Gleason was assigned a $2,000 signature bond at her initial appearance Tuesday. She will next be in court March 10 for her preliminary hearing.