BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. -- A Breckenridge attorney who went missing for nearly five years says he collected Social Security benefits during the time he was being sought by law enforcement.

According to KCNC-TV, Royal "Scoop" Daniel disappeared from Breckenridge in 2007. He turned 65 in 2010 and became eligible to collect Social Security while he was missing.

Daniel pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two charges of felony theft after he was accused of embezzling at least $500,000 from his clients through real estate transactions. His sentencing is scheduled for April 19.