A Wayne, Maine, man has pleaded guilty to illegally receiving veterans unemployment benefits while he had a job.
Lawrence Stewart pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to charge of theft of public money.
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.
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 is free on personal recognizance.