CSAO: Truck Driver Charged with Unemployment Compensation Fraud, Larceny

Truck Driver Charged with Unemployment Compensation Fraud, Larceny

A New Haven man was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting almost $24,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits when he was either working or not working but collecting Workers’ Compensation.

MICHAEL T. BOHANNON, JR., age 34, of 319 Prospect Avenue, 2nd Floor, New Haven, was arrested by Inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Unemployment Compensation Fraud.

The arrest is the result of an investigation into a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor, which administers the Unemployment Compensation program.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Bohannon fraudulently collected approximately $23,565 in unemployment benefits from April 2012 through February 2014 when he was either employed as a truck driver for a company in Orange and grossly under-reported his earnings or was not working but collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Bohannon was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on May 31, 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 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 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.



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