- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A western Missouri man has admitted improperly receiving more than $109,000 in disability benefits while working at a Kansas equine training center.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 39-year-old Michael Burt, of Archie, pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing Social Security funds.

Burt was approved for Social Security disability payments in 2002 after being deemed medically unable to work because of back disorders.

But he admitted that he began working full-time in July 2004 at Two Bit Training in Overland Park, Kan., doing manual labor that included cleaning stalls and looking after the horses. The Social Security Administration was never told of his employment at the business, which trains horses and riders.

Burt’s plea agreement calls for him to pay full restitution. He also faces a possible prison sentence.

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