- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Portland man accused of fraudulently collecting state unemployment benefits while he continued to work has avoided jail time with a plea deal.

Forty-nine-year-old Tracy Young was sentenced to three months but the sentence was suspended pending successful completion of a two-year probation term. He pleaded guilty July 28 to theft by deception.

The Portland Press Herald reported that Young was already on probation at the time of his guilty plea for a 2013 conviction of theft by unauthorized taking for stealing books from the University of New England.

The Department of Labor said the state has collected $63,497 so far this year through unemployment fraud prosecutions. Gov. Paul LePage say the state takes unemployment fraud seriously, saying it “takes money away from people who are genuinely in need.”

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