STAMFORD, Conn. — A 51-year-old Stamford man has been charged with illegally collecting more than $11,000 in unemployment compensation benefits, according to Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane.
Andrew Tanner, of 597 Pacific St., was charged with one count each of first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud.
His arrest earlier this month was the result of an investigation by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney following a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Tanner fraudulently collected $11,526 in unemployment benefits from June through December 2013 when, in fact, he was employed.
Tanner was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and was scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Sept. 10.
The larceny charge 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 is a Class D felony punishable by not less than one 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.
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