Connecticut arrests 50 people in fraud crackdown


WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A crackdown on unemployment insurance fraud in Connecticut has resulted in more than 50 arrests and more than $415,000 in recovered benefits.

The state Labor Department and the Chief State’s Attorney on Thursday announced the results of an operation they have dubbed “Chasing Cheaters.”

The offices teamed up last year to form a new Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit.

Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane says those targeted intentionally defrauded the state’s Unemployment Trust Fund for more than $2 million.

He says the states goal is to get restitution, but prosecutors are recommending prison sentences for the most serious offenders.

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