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

Meriden Man Charged With Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud, Identity Theft

A Meriden man was arrested today and charged with using other peopleís Social Security numbers to illegally collect more than $68,000 in Unemployment Compensation.

MAURICIO PEREZ, age 38, of 45 Cherry Street, Meriden, was charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community, felony Unemployment Compensation Fraud and Identity Theft in the First Degree.

The arrest is the result of an investigation by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief Stateís Attorney following a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Perez used a California residentís Social Security number to collect approximately $68,197 in unemployment benefits between September 2002 and January 2013 when he was not legally authorized to work in the United States.

Perez was arrested by Inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit. He was arraigned today in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, and held on a $20,000 surety bond. He is next scheduled to appear in court on August 14, 2014. The charges are merely accusations and Perez is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty.

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 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 case is being prosecuted by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit, which was established under a partnership between the Division of Criminal Justice and the 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 in this case from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General, and the Western Connecticut State University Police Department.



Content Last Modified on 7/25/2014 3:13:36 PM