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Springfield man convicted of stealing welfare benefits

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Springfield man who operated a rental property business worth $600,000 but claimed to have no income has been convicted of stealing $150,000 in welfare benefits.The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/2mxl3wn) that a jury in U.S. District Court in Eugene on Thursday convicted 82-year-old Parthava Behesht Nejad of wire fraud and theft.Authorities say Nejad received disability benefits since 2003 despite operating eight rental properties in Springfield.