CSAO: Simsbury Man Charged with Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

Simsbury Man Charged with Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

A Simsbury man was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting almost $16,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits while he was working as the president of a family owned business.

JOSHUA J. GRIFFING, age 37, of 28 Village Road, Simsbury, 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 to provide economic support to those who become unemployed through no fault of their own.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Griffing fraudulently collected approximately $15,700 in unemployment benefits from December 2015 through April 2016 while he was working full time and serving as the president of Raw Food Central, a family-owned business.

Griffing was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on November 16, 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 11/8/2017 12:50:35 PM