NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) – A Newington man is facing charges for illegally collecting almost $5000 in unemployment compensation. Christopher Commins, 28, is charged with Larceny in the First Degree. According to the affidavit, Commins illegally collected $4,849 in unemployment benefits from April 2012 through June 2013 when he had a job. Commins was released on a $10,000 bond and is due back in court on May 7.
Commins faces a maximum of 20 years and prison and up to a $15,000 fine. The arrest is the result of an investigation by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney following a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor.