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

New Britain Man Charged With Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

A Britain man was arrested today and charged with fraudulently collecting nearly $52,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.

JORGE BARROS, also known as Jorge Martinez, age 33, of 25 Elton Street, New Britain, 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 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, Barros fraudulently collected approximately $51,989 from January 2008 through May 2013 by using a Social Security number that was not assigned to him.

Barros was arraigned in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, where bond was set at $50,000 and the case continued until April 8, 2014. The charges are merely accusations and he 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 not less than one 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 one 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 U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General; the U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the New Britain and East Hartford police departments; and the Office of Adult Probation in New Britain.



Content Last Modified on 3/6/2014 2:35:52 PM