A West Haven woman was arrested and charged with illegally collecting more than $53,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.
ALMA R. BALTAZAR, age 36, of 55 Fair Sailing Road, West Haven, was charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Unemployment Compensation Fraud.
The arrest is a result of an investigation conducted by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney following a complaint by the State of Connecticut Department of Labor.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Baltazar collected approximately $53,978 in unemployment benefits from September 2006 through October 2011 using a false Social Security number. The warrant further alleges that Baltazar claimed to be a United States citizen when, in fact, she was in this country illegally and therefore was not entitled to Unemployment Compensation.
Baltazar was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear August 23, 2013, in Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, New Britain. The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent unless and until she is found guilty.
Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community is a class B felony punishable by not less than one year nor more than 20 years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine. Unemployment Compensation Fraud in excess of $500 is a class D felony punishable by not less than 1 year nor more than 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 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.