CSAO: North Carolina Woman Charged with Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

North Carolina Woman Charged with Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

A North Carolina woman was arrested and charged with fraudulently collecting almost $16,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits when she was living in New Haven.

ROBYN N. VALENTINE, age 40, formerly of 53 Blake Street, New Haven, and currently residing in Charlotte, N.C., was arrested Sunday 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, Valentine either failed to report or grossly under-reported the wages she earned working for a Hartford cleaning company and a Torrington construction company to fraudulently collect approximately $15,545 in unemployment benefits from August 2014 through May 2015.

The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent unless and until she is found guilty. Valentine was arraigned today in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, where bond was continued at $10,000 non-surety and the case was continued until September 26, 2017.

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 7/31/2017 2:12:31 PM