A Hamden man was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting more than $19,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.
JOHN P. GEHM, JR., age 29, of 52 Westview Street, Hamden, was charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Unemployment Compensation Fraud.
The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Bureau in the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office following a complaint by the State of Connecticut Department of Labor.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Gehm collected approximately $19,180 in unemployment benefits during November 2010 and August 2011 when, in fact, he was self-employed selling food items from a hot dog cart outside of New Haven Superior Court.
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.
Gehm was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on September 10, 2013. The charges 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 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.