- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

YORK, Neb. (AP) - A 51-year-old York man who wrongfully received unemployment pay has been given four years of probation.

Court records say Timothy Ballard also was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail, in 30-day increments, unless waived by the court. The judge also ordered Ballard to pay $150 a month toward restitution of $7,040. Ballard pleaded no contest after prosecutors lowered the theft charge.

The Nebraska Labor Department says in court records that Ballard filed weekly claims for unemployment pay 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.

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