CSAO: Hartford Woman Charged with Larceny, Identity Theft and Unemployment Compensation Fraud

Hartford Woman Charged with Larceny, Identity Theft and Unemployment Compensation Fraud

A Hartford woman was arrested today and charged with using another woman’s Social Security number to fraudulently collect almost $60,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.

CARMEN SUYAPA-MARTINEZ, age 57, Of 210 Franklin Avenue, Rear, Hartford, was arrested by Inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Control 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, 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, which administers the Unemployment Compensation program.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Suyapa-Martinez, who is not legally authorized to work in the United States, used the Social Security number assigned to a woman in Puerto Rico to fraudulently collect approximately $59,596 in unemployment benefits from October 2009 through April 2017.

Inspectors with the Unemployment Fraud Unit were led to investigate Suyapa-Martinez after investigating employees at Ellington-based Bestech, Inc., who were using Social Security numbers that were either assigned to others or were not valid in order to work and/or collect unemployment benefits. Suyapa-Martinez is the tenth individual arrested as a result of the Bestech investigation.

Suyapa-Martinez was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on July 13, 2017. The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent unless and until she 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 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.



Content Last Modified on 7/5/2017 11:39:31 AM