West Hartford man sentenced for defrauding government

Police booking photo of Troy Williams.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — A West Hartford man was sentenced to prison Friday for defrauding government assistance programs.

Troy Williams, 40, was sentenced to 21 months behind bars for fraudulently collecting unemployment and food stamp benefits, and billing Medicaid for work he did not do. The South Highland Street man pleaded guilty to unemployment compensation fraud, first-degree larceny by Medicaid fraud, making a false statement for the purpose of collecting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits, and identity theft.

The state Division of Criminal Justice says Williams collected $16,763 in unemployment compensation benefits from January 2012 through September 2013 while he was employed as a home health aide.

The division says he was charged with identity theft for collecting additional benefits from September through November 2013 using another person’s identification.

From March 2012 through February 2014, Williams collected SNAP benefits by falsely stating that he was not employed.

From October 2012 through November 2013, Williams submitted false time records to collect $9,678 in Medicaid reimbursements for work he supposedly did as a home health aide, but did not in fact perform.

In addition to jail time, Williams was also ordered to pay $30,545 in restitution to the Department of Labor and the Department of Social Services.

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