CSAO: Norwalk Man Charged with Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

Norwalk Man Charged with Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

A Norwalk man was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting approximately $13,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.

MATTHEW F. YOST, age 40, of 17 Gregory Boulevard, Norwalk, 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, Yost fraudulently collected approximately $13,000 in unemployment benefits from March 2014 through August 2014 when, in fact, he was working and earning wages at a Stratford heating and cooling business.

Yost was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on August 3, 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.



Content Last Modified on 7/28/2017 10:44:52 AM