CSAO: Former Hartford Man Extradited from New York to Face Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud Charges

Former Hartford Man Extradited from New York to Face Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud Charges

A former Hartford man was extradited from New York to Connecticut and arrested today and charged with illegally collecting more than $12,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.

MIGUEL CORREA, also known as MARCOS COLON, age 40, formerly of 29 Preston Street, Hartford, charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and felony Unemployment Compensation Fraud.

Correa was taken into custody by Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Police in August 2017 when he passed through a checkpoint at Grand Central Terminal in New York and authorities were alerted to the outstanding warrant for his arrest in Connecticut.

Correa waived extradition to Connecticut and was taken into custody today by Inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Correa used an invalid Social Security number to collect approximately $12,341 in unemployment benefits between April 2011 and July 2012. He was not entitled to benefits because he was not authorized to work in the United States, the warrant states.

Correa was arraigned today in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, where the case was continued until December 19, 2017, and bond was set at $150,000 cash or surety. The charges 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 Connecticut 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.

The unit is grateful for the assistance it received in this case from the MTA, the New York County District Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Connecticut State Police.



Content Last Modified on 11/20/2017 4:37:47 PM