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Stamford Man Charged With Illegally Collecting $16K In Unemployment

Terrell L. Lewis of Stamford will appear in state Superior Court in New Britain.
Terrell L. Lewis of Stamford will appear in state Superior Court in New Britain. Photo Credit: Connecticut Judicial Branch

STAMFORD, Conn. — A Stamford man has been arrested and charged with illegally collecting more than $16,000 in unemployment compensation benefits, according to the Connecticut Judicial Branch.

Terrell L. Lewis, 39, of 50 Wilson Street, Apt. 1, Stamford, was charged with first-degree Larceny by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud.

The arrest was the result of an investigation by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney after a complaint from the Connecticut Department of Labor.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Lewis fraudulently collected $16,342 in unemployment benefits from April 2010 through March 2012 when, in fact, he was employed.

Lewis was released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in New Britain, on July 7.

First-degree larceny 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 five years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine.

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