UNIONTOWN, Pa.- A southwestern Pennsylvania fire chief and his wife have been charged with theft and insurance fraud because the chief allegedly collected about $20,000 in unemployment compensation last year after he returned from a nearly four-month furlough.

Uniontown fire chief Myron Nypaver was one of seven firefighters furloughed in December 2009 due to budget problems, but he returned to work in March. Despite that, Fayette County prosecutors say Nypaver continued to collect unemployment based on a claim his wife, Lisa, filed from her computer. The city about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh was paying Nypaver about $1,086 a week while he continued to collect the unemployment.

Online court records don't list an attorney for the Nypavers who face a preliminary hearing Tuesday. A woman who answered a phone listed under Lisa Nypaver's name said Monday the couple no longer lives at that residence.



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