CSAO: New Haven Man Charged With Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

New Haven Man Charged With Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

A New Haven man was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting more than $23,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.

PHIL A. BELLAMY, age 43, of 59 Porter Street, New 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 the 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 Connecticut Department of Labor.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Bellamy fraudulently collected approximately  $23,270 in unemployment benefits from March 2009 through March 2012. Bellamy was working and not reporting his wages at two different companies while he was collecting benefits, the warrant states.

Bellamy was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and will be arraigned in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on December 12, 2013. The charges against Bellamy 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 not less than 1 year nor more than 20 years in prison and/or up to 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 up to 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.



Content Last Modified on 12/6/2013 3:01:07 PM