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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