Police: Man stole ID, collected nearly $70,000 in unemployment

Mauricio Perez (Police photo)

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A man is accused of collecting about $68,000 in unemployment using a stolen social security number.

Mauricio Perez, 38, of Cherry Street, Meriden, is charged with one count each of first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, felony unemployment compensation fraud and first-degree identity theft.

Police said Perez used a California resident’s social security number to collect the funds between 2002 and 2013 when he was not allowed to work in the United States. He was arrested and arraigned Friday in New Britain Superior Court, where his bond was set at $20,000 for an Aug. 14 appearance.

The charges each carry at least one year in prison, and a maximum of five to 20 years, plus fines of up to $15,000.



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