CSAO: Former Social Services Employee Charged With Larceny

Former Social Services Employee Charged With Larceny

A former employee of the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) was arrested today and charged with stealing nearly $23,000 in benefits she authorized to people who had not applied for assistance.

KATHERYN MATIES, age 41, of 56 Park Street, Bristol, was charged with one count of Larceny in the First Degree, a felony carrying a term of imprisonment of up to 20 years.

The DSS Investigations Divisions, Office of Quality Assurance, filed a complaint with the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney alleging that Maties appeared to have issued State Administered General Assistance Benefits (SAGA) to clients who did not apply for them.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Maties, while employed as an Eligibility Services Specialist at DSS during 2011 and 2012, issued approximately $22,926 in benefits to bank accounts in the name of four people who had not applied for the benefits and had no knowledge of the scheme. She then withdrew the money for herself, the warrant states.

The SAGA program provides monetary assistance to individuals who are unable to work for medical or other prescribed reasons and do not qualify for certain other assistance programs.

Maties was arrested today by Inspectors from the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office. She was released on a written promise to appear and will be arraigned in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on November 15, 2013. The charge is merely an allegation and she is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case will be prosecuted by the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

Content Last Modified on 11/5/2013 3:43:18 PM