A Casper man has admitted to collecting unemployment benefits when he was working.

Chad Rosty has pleaded guilty to one charge of obtaining benefits by fraud.

Investigators with the State of Wyoming Special Investigations Unit say from August 2009 through February 2010, Rosty was collecting unemployment benefits from the Wyoming Division of Unemployment, when in fact during that time, he had been working at four different jobs.

When he filled out his bi-weekly pay orders, he stated that he was not working.

When interviewed, he stated he thought he only had to report his work hours if he exceeded 40 hours a week, then later admitted to double dipping to help pay his rent.

The total over-payment with penalties is more than $8,400.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will seek first time offenders status, which means if Rosty completes a term of probation, the conviction will be cleared from his criminal record.

If he already has a felony conviction on his criminal record, then prosecutors will not seek any prison time, rather a term of probation.

Rosty is free on $1,000 bond and will be sentenced at a later date.