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

West Haven Man Charged With Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud, Identity Theft

A West Haven man was arrested today and charged with using different names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers to illegally collect more than $18,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.

JAVIER CARDENAS, also known as Javiel Cardenas, age 31, of 598 First Avenue, West Haven, was charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community, Felony Unemployment Compensation Fraud, Identity Theft in the First Degree and Identity Theft in the Third Degree.

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, Cardenas fraudulently collected approximately $18,083 in benefits between December 11, 2007, and March 31, 2013, by using three Social Security numbers, none of which were assigned to him, and different dates of birth and names.

Cardenas was arrested by Inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit. He was arraigned today in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, where the judge set a $10,000 surety bond. The case was continued until May 13, 2014.

Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Identity Theft in the First Degree are class B felonies 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 and Identity Theft in the Third Degree 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 U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and the West Haven Police Department.



Content Last Modified on 4/16/2014 1:01:58 PM