A Casper man is accused of collecting unemployment checks, while he was working.

Scott May has pleaded not guilty to one count of obtaining benefits by fraud and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses.

According to the State of Wyoming Special Investigations Unit, May started receiving unemployment benefits in February 2010, but an audit later showed that two months later, May was working but was still filling out unemployment forms on line.

In September 2012, he requested benefits again, but any money he was supposed to receive, went towards what he already owed.

Eventually the SIU was contacted and when may was found, he admitted to what he did, saying that it was a bad time in his life, and he was using drugs and didn't care.

The State of Wyoming Unemployment Division says May owes more than $6,000 in back pay, including penalties.

He is awaiting trail on $2,000 bond and could face up to 10 years in prison on the obtaining property by false pretenses charge, and up to five years in prison on the obtaining benefits by fraud charge if convicted.

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