LINCOLN, Neb. -- The owner of a car dealership in the Nebraska Panhandle has been found guilty of defrauding the Social Security Administration.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Omaha says 51-year-old Timothy Reganis faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced May 24. Reganis resides in Bayard and in Salt Lake City. His dealership is in Scottsbluff.
Reganis was indicted in June. Court documents say he helped one of his car salesmen conceal income from 2006 through 2008 so he could collect early retirement benefits.
A trial was held this week in Lincoln. A jury found Reganis guilty on Thursday.
The salesman, Gary Steele, has pleaded guilty. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Reganis made checks out to Steele's wife, and Steele got nearly $52,000 in Social Security benefits he shouldn't have.