CSAO: Waterbury Woman, Mother Charged with Conspiring to Illegally Collect Unemployment Benefits

Waterbury Woman, Mother Charged with Conspiring to Illegally Collect Unemployment Benefits

A Waterbury woman and her mother were arrested today and charged with conspiring to illegally collect Unemployment Compensation benefits on the daughter’s behalf while she was in prison.

SHARMAINE J. FULLENWILEY, age 27, of 32 Shagbark Road, Apartment C, Waterbury, and her mother, BARBARA J. FULLENWILEY, age 51, of 44 Macarthur Drive, Waterbury, were each charged with Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Felony Unemployment Compensation Fraud. Sharmaine Fullenwiley was also charged with Making a False Statement.

According to the arrest warrant affidavits, the investigation was initiated when Sharmaine Fullenwiley filed a complaint with the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney accusing her mother of using her name and personal identifying information without her permission while she was in prison to collect unemployment benefits.

Subsequent investigation, including review of telephone calls recorded at the York Correctional Institution, determined the two colluded to fraudulently collect $2,750 in benefits, which Sharmaine Fullenwiley was not eligible to collect because she was in prison and unable to work, the warrants state.

Sharmaine Fullenwiley 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. Barbara Fullenwiley was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in the New Britain court on August 1, 2017. The charges are merely accusations and both women are presumed innocent unless and until  found guilty.

Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community are Class B felonies 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.  Making a False Statement is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and/or up to a $2,000 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 2:34:45 PM