- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

YORK, Neb. (AP) - A man accused of lying to Nebraska unemployment officials has been convicted of theft.

The York News-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1t3lhMo ) that 50-year-old Timothy Ballard is scheduled to be sentenced July 25. He pleaded no contest Tuesday after prosecutors lowered the theft charge.

The Nebraska Labor Department says in court records that Ballard filed weekly claims for unemployment benefits for 60 weeks, between Feb. 7, 2012, and Feb. 7, 2015. The department says Ballard reported no earnings for those 60 weeks but actually was working and being paid during 32 of them.

The state says Ballard received nearly $7,900 in benefits for which he was ineligible.

Ballard lives in York.

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Information from: York News-Times, http://www.yorknewstimes.com

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