CSAO: Man Charged With Larceny, Identity Theft, Unemployment Fraud Compensation

Man Charged With Larceny, Identity Theft, Unemployment Fraud Compensation

A West Hartford man was arrested today and charged with fraudulently collecting more than $600 in Unemployment Compensation benefits by using a Social Security number assigned to a Norwich woman.

TROY D. WILLIAMS, age 39, formerly of Groton and currently of 186 S. Highland Street, West Hartford, was charged with one count each of Larceny in the Second Degree by Defrauding a Public Community, Identity Theft in the Third Degree, and Unemployment Compensation Fraud.

The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Norwich Police Department and the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney following a complaint by the Norwich woman.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the woman contacted the Connecticut Department of Labor after she was told her benefits from another state agency were being discontinued because she failed to report receiving Unemployment Compensation. Subsequent investigation determined that Williams used the woman’s Social Security number to fraudulently collect approximately $615 in unemployment benefits between in the fall of 2013.

Williams was arrested by Norwich police and Inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit. He was released on a $25,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, New Britain, on March 4, 2014.

The charges against are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty.

Larceny in the Second Degree by Defrauding a Public Community is a class C felony punishable by not less than one year nor more than 10 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine. Identity Theft in the Third Degree and Unemployment Compensation Fraud in excess of $500 are class D felonies 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 Connecticut 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 Norwich Police Department.



Content Last Modified on 2/19/2014 4:23:22 PM