A Sandy Hook woman was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting more than $13,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits from the State of Connecticut Department of Labor.
JEANNINE M. SLOAN, age 50, of 85 Toddy Hill Road, Sandy Hook, was charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Unemployment Compensation Fraud.
The arrest was a result of an investigation conducted by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office following a complaint by the Department of Labor.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Sloan collected approximately $13,063 in unemployment compensation benefits during several time periods from 2009 through 2012. The warrant states that Sloan underreported part-time wages she earned while collecting the benefits.
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.
Sloan was arrested by Inspectors from the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office. She 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 29, 2013. The charges against Sloan 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 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 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.