CSAO: Bridgeport Woman Charged With Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud, Forgery, Tampering with Evidence

Bridgeport Woman Charged With Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud, Forgery, Tampering with Evidence

A Bridgeport woman was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting more than $24,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.

KEESHA L. LESLIE, age 27, of 1430 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, was charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community, Unemployment Compensation Fraud, Forgery in the Second Degree, and Tampering with Evidence.

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, Leslie fraudulently collected approximately $24,246 in unemployment benefits from September 2009 through August 2012 when she was working but under-reporting the wages she earned. After the Department of Labor notified her that she was required to pay back money she should not have received, Leslie altered Internal Revenue Service documents an attempt to show she had not under-reported her wages, the warrant alleges.    

Leslie was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear May 13, 2014, in Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, New Britain. The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent unless and until she is 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, Forgery in the Second Degree, and Tampering with Evidence 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 Bridgeport Police Department.



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