- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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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