CSAO: Plymouth Town Worker Charged with Unemployment Compensation Fraud, Larceny

Plymouth Town Worker Charged with Unemployment Compensation Fraud, Larceny

A Torrington woman was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting almost $15,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits while she was working for the Town of Plymouth as payroll clerk.

CHRISTINE L. BATTIS, age 43, of 628 S. Main Street, Torrington, 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 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, Battis fraudulently collected approximately $14,858 in unemployment benefits from March through August 2017 when she was, in fact, employed by the Town of Plymouth as a payroll clerk.

When her wages were reported by the Town of Plymouth to the Department of Labor, her Social Security number had been changed by one digit so she could continue to collect unemployment benefits under her actual Social Security number, the warrant states.

Battis was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on May 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 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 5/4/2018 12:31:03 PM