CSAO: Springfield Man Charged with Larceny, Identity Theft, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

Springfield Man Charged with Larceny, Identity Theft, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

A Massachusetts man was arrested today and charged with using another manís Social Security number to fraudulently collect more than $101,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits in Connecticut.

JAIRO SIBRIAN, also known as PEDRO SANCHEZ, age 36, of 41 Phillips Avenue, Springfield, Mass., was arrested by Inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief Stateís Attorney and charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community, Identity Theft in the First Degree, and Felony Unemployment Compensation Fraud.

The arrest is the result of an investigation into a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor and stems from an investigation involving employees at Ellington-based Bestech, Inc., who were using Social Security numbers that either were assigned to other individuals or were not valid in order to work and/or collect unemployment benefits. Sibrian is the ninth individual arrested as a result of this investigation.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Sibrian, who is not legally authorized to work in the United States, used the Social Security number assigned to a resident of Puerto Rico to fraudulently collect approximately $101,710 in unemployment benefits from January 2009 through October 2016.

Sibrian was arraigned today in Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, New Britain, where bond was set at $75,000 and the case was continued until May 2, 2017. The charges 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 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 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 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 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 Springfield Police Department in Massachusetts.



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