A Mansfield woman was arrested today and charged with collecting more than $9,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits to which she was not entitled.
SHANAIL W. WILLIAMS, age 31, of 506 Stafford Road, Mansfield, was charged with one count of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and one count of Unemployment Compensation Fraud.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Williams collected approximately $9,318 in Unemployment Compensation during 2011 and 2013 when she was in fact working.
The arrest is the result of an investigation by the Unemployment Fraud Compensation Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney following a complaint from the State of Connecticut Department of Labor.
Williams was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on October 10, 2013. The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent unless and until 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 $20,000 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. The unit is grateful for the assistance it received from the U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General.