CSAO: Two West Haven Men Arrested in Unemployment Compensation Fraud Cases

Two West Haven Men Arrested in Unemployment Compensation Fraud Cases

Two West Haven men were arrested today in unrelated cases and charged with illegally collecting a total of more than $38,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.

The separate arrests are the result of investigations by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney following complaints by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

JEFFREY D. HINTON, JR., previously known as Jeffrey D. Smith, age 38, of 33 Admiral Street, West Haven, and DOMINIC CACIOPPO, age 50, of 17 Hine Street, West Haven, were each charged with one count of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and one count of Unemployment Compensation Fraud.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Hinton collected approximately $25,507 in unemployment benefits from September 2008 through May 2012 when he was working and failed to report his wages, the warrant states. 

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Cacioppo fraudulently collected approximately $13,226 from July 2011 through May 2012 when he was working and failed to report his wages. 

Hinton and Cacioppo were each released on $10,000 non-surety bonds and are scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on May 20, 2014. The charges are merely accusations and they are 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 1 year nor more than 5 years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine. 

The cases are 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.



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