PARIS — A Rumford woman has been found guilty of defrauding Maine and the U.S. government out of more than $10,000 in food stamps and health care benefits.

Amy Knowlton was found guilty Wednesday of felony theft by deception in Oxford County Superior Court. She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison at sentencing later in the summer.

Prosecutors say between October 2006 and March 2009, the 30-year-old Knowlton had access to her then-boyfriend’s money while collecting more than $18,000 in food stamps, Temporary Aid for Needy Families and MaineCare health benefits. An investigator from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services said Knowlton wouldn’t have received those benefits if she had reported her boyfriend’s income.

The Sun Journal ( reports that Knowlton and her now-husband, say the state knew about her other source of income and blamed the Department of Health and Human Services for the error.