CSAO: East Haven Woman Charged with Conspiring to Collect Unemployment Benefits for Imprisoned Ex-Spouse

East Haven Woman Charged with Conspiring to Collect Unemployment Benefits for Imprisoned Ex-Spouse

An East Haven woman was arrested today and charged with conspiring with her ex-husband to collect nearly $11,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits in his name while he was in prison.

KELLIE M. PARK-DYER, age 26, of 330 Short Beach Road, Unit G13, East Haven, was charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community, and Felony Unemployment Compensation Fraud.

The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney into a complaint by the state Department of Labor, which administers the Unemployment Compensation program.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Park-Dyer and her former husband, Donald Dyer, conspired to continue collecting his unemployment benefits after he became incarcerated and thus ineligible for benefits since he was to not available to work. A labor department indicated a total of $10,553 was obtained fraudulently, the warrant states.

Park-Dyer was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15., on March 8, 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 and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community are Class B felonies 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 3/2/2018 1:04:55 PM