CSAO: Bridgeport Woman Charged with Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

Bridgeport Woman Charged with Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

A Bridgeport woman was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting more than $15,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.

MONICA S. SMALLS, age 38, of 175 Pilgrim Road, Bridgeport, was arrested by Inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Ofice of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Felony 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, Smalls fraudulently collected approximately $15,057 in unemployment benefits from July 2012 through September 2014 when, in fact, she was working for a school transportation business.

Smalls was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on January 25, 2018. The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent unless and until she 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 1/19/2018 12:49:16 PM