A Casper man is accused of collecting unemployment benefits when he was working.

Chad Rosty has pleaded not 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, 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.

Rosty is free on $1,000 bond awaiting trial and could face up to five years in prison if convicted.