The owner of a New Milford business has been charged with Unemployment Compensation Fraud for allegedly issuing layoff notices allowing two employees to collect jobless benefits when they continued to work for him.
RICCARDO AZZONI, age 63, of 147 Long Mountain Road, New Milford, was arrested on July 18, 2013, by the New Milford Police Department and charged with one count of Unemployment Compensation Fraud, a class D felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Azzoni purported to lay off two full-time employees at Atlantic Machinery Corporation due to lack of work so that they could collect unemployment benefits when, in fact, the two continued to work for him. Azzoni continued to pay for their medical benefits and made up the difference between what they received in unemployment benefits and what their salaries had been, the warrant states.
Between April 2009 and February 2011 the unemployment compensation benefits collected by the two employees while they continued to work for Azzoni totaled approximately $62,568, according to the warrant.
The charges against Azzoni are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty. Azzoni is next scheduled to appear in Superior Court, G.A. No. 18, Bantam, on August 28, 2013.
Azzoni’s arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by detectives from the New Milford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit of the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office.
The Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit was established under a partnership between the Division of Criminal Justice and the Department of Labor to investigate and prosecute alleged fraud in the unemployment compensation program. It is financed with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Labor through the CTDOL.