CSAO: Former Bridgeport Man Charged With Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

Former Bridgeport Man Charged With Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

A Virginia man was arrested on Monday and charged with illegally collecting more than $18,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits while a resident of Bridgeport.

TYIWAINE DRAKE, age 29, formerly of 168 Beechwood Avenue, Bridgeport, and currently residing in Richmond, was charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Unemployment Compensation Fraud. Drake was taken into custody on a fugitive warrant by members of the Richmond Police Department. He waived extradition to Connecticut.

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, Drake fraudulently collected approximately   $18,058 in unemployment benefits between July 2010 and April 2012. Drake claimed to be unemployed during that time period when, in fact, he was working, the warrant states.    

Drake was arraigned today in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, where $10,000 non-surety bond was set. His next scheduled court appearance is October 9, 2014. The charges against him are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent unless and until he 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 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 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 in this case from the City of Richmond Police Department in Virginia.



Content Last Modified on 8/19/2014 3:49:24 PM