Identity theft is a big issue in America today and many have been victims of such acts. Over $4000 in Unemployment Compensation was illegally collected by a man using someone else’s identity. The man was arrested and charged thanks to the help of New London Police Department.
Carl Dean was under investigation by the inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney. Dean, 45, was arrested and charged with Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community, felony Unemployment Compensation Fraud, and Identity Theft in the Third Degree. The arrest warrant affidavit revealed that Dean fraudulently collected $4,065 in unemployment benefits from December 2014 through March 2016 by using the name and social security number of a Hartford man. Dean was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Aug. 4.
When you do the crime, you pay the time!
Dean’s larceny charges can get him 1 to 20 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine. Unemployment Compensation Fraud in excess of $500 is punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The case is being prosecuted by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit, which is financed by the U.S. Department of Labor. The unit’s sole purpose is to investigate and prosecute fraud in the unemployment compensation program.