CSAO: Torrington Woman Charged with Collecting Deceased Manís Unemployment Benefits

Torrington Woman Charged with Collecting Deceased Manís Unemployment Benefits

A Torrington woman was arrested today and charged with collecting a deceased manís Unemployment Compensation benefits for three months after he died.

PATRICIA L. ANDERSON, age 50, of 71 Hoffman Street, 2nd Floor, Torrington, 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 Second Degree, 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, from April 9, through July 2017, Anderson collected approximately $6,230 in unemployment benefits under the claim of an individual with whom she had resided who died on April 4, 2017.

Anderson 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 18, 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 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. Identity Theft in the Second Degree is a Class C felony punishable by not less than one year nor more than 10 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 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.



Content Last Modified on 7/14/2017 2:53:58 PM