Dad who faked girl's death gets jail

MINDEN - A man who faked his daughter's death to scam money from sympathetic co-workers has been ordered to serve 60 days in the Douglas County Jail.

An arrest warrant was issued for Timothy Lee Anderson in September 2006 after a co-worker decided to verify his story that his 9-year-old daughter had died of blood clots in her lungs.

The Record-Courier reported that co-workers donated about $1,100, and Anderson was given a cellphone for a trip to Las Vegas, where he said she was to be buried.

But his story unraveled. Anderson's wife told his employer that the daughter was alive and her husband had a gambling problem.

Anderson, now 44, turned himself in last month and was extradited from Las Vegas. He was sentenced to jail Friday.