A Hartford man was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting approximately $15,140 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.
NOLAND R. GOFFE, age 51, of 40 Preston Street, Hartford, was arrested as a result of an investigation conducted by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Bureau in the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office following a complaint by the Department of Labor. He was charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Unemployment Compensation Fraud.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Goffe collected approximately $15,140 in unemployment benefits from September 2011 through April 2012 when, in fact, he was employed. Unemployment benefits have been designated as economic support for individuals who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. The benefits are funded by employers doing business in Connecticut.
Goffe was arrested by Inspectors from the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office. He was released on a $10,000 non-surety Bond and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, New Britain, on August 22, 2013. The charges against Goffe are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty.
Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community is a class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine. Unemployment Compensation Fraud in excess of $500 is a class D felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.
The case is being prosecuted by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit, which was established under a partnership between the Division of Criminal Justice and the state 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.