CSAO: New Haven Woman Charged with Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

New Haven Woman Charged with Larceny, Unemployment Compensation Fraud

A New Haven woman was arrested today and charged with fraudulently collecting more than $16,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits.

KISMET M. DOUGLASS, age 42, of 9 Pearl Street, Apt. A, New Haven, 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. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Douglass under-reported the wages she earned working at Yale University and Old Navy to fraudulently collect approximately $16,237 in unemployment benefits from October 2012 through March 2014.

Douglass was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on May 23, 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 5/15/2018 10:44:16 AM