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Wayne man gets probation for theft of veterans benefits
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BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A Wayne man has been sentenced to two years of probation and fined $8,000 after pleading guilty to illegally receiving veterans' unemployment benefits while he had a job.
    
Lawrence A. Stewart was sentenced Tuesday for theft of public money. He also was ordered to pay to nearly $54,000 in restitution to the Veterans Administration.
    
Prosecutors say the 48-year-old Stewart received more than $54,000 in benefits to which he was not entitled between August 2011 and January of this year.
    
Stewart was earning $6,200 a month through his job at one point while collecting more than $3,300 a month in unemployability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    
Prosecutors say Stewart was entitled to receive about $1,800 monthly in disability benefits, but not unemployability benefits.
    
Stewart pleaded guilty in April 

 


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