A Provincetown, MA, man was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting almost $2,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.
PETER R. ROIG, age 54, formerly of 19 Sexton Street, New Britain, but currently residing in Provincetown, MA, was charged with one count each of Larceny in the Second Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Felony Unemployment Compensation Fraud. Roig was taken into custody on a fugitive warrant by members of the Provincetown Police Department. He waived extradition to Connecticut.
The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney following a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Roig fraudulently collected approximately $1,785 in unemployment benefits between January and June 2017. The unemployment benefits were collected by Roig when, in fact, he was employed. Unemployment benefits have been designated as economic support for individuals who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. The benefits are funded by employers doing business in Connecticut.
Roig is being held on a $75,000 bond. His next court appearance is in Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, New Britain, on September 26, 2017. The charges against Roig are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty.
Larceny in the Second Degree by Defrauding a Public Community 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 alleged 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 in this case from the City of Provincetown Police Department in Massachusetts.