NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The federal trial begins Wednesday for a New Mexico man accused of illegally collecting thousands of dollars in benefits.

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James Anthony Sandoval is facing 51 charges that include theft of government charges and making false statements. Sandoval is accused of collecting more than $83,000 in social security benefits, with payments dating back to June 2017. They say he stated that he was not able to work, but the feds say he worked at a Rio Rancho Jewelry business the whole time.