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Havre man sentenced for work comp fraud

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) A 76-year-old Havre man has been ordered to pay nearly $84,000 in restitution in a workers compensation fraud case. The U.S. Attorney's Office says U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen also sentenced William Szudera to four years on probation on Thursday. Szudera pleaded guilty to mail fraud in June for failing to disclose that he owned a profitable business that would have made him ineligible for approximately $277,500 in benefits he received from 2001 to 2012. Prosecutors say while Szudera was telling the Department of Labor he was not working and had no income, tax returns from 2002 through 2010 showed his shooting supply business had gross receipts ranging from $500,000 to $750,000 and made a profit every year except 2006.

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