Nurse arrested for illegally collecting unemployment compensation

ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) — A 33-year-old woman from Orange was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting more than $24,000 in unemployment compensation.

Shawnee O’Donnell was charged with one count each of Larceny in the first degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Unemployment Compensation Fraud. O’Donnell was collecting while she was working as a licensed practical nurse.

The Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney conducted an investigation which lead to her arrest following a complaint by the CT Department of Labor.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, O’Donnell fraudulently collected approximately $24,385 in unemployment benefits from Sept. 2010 through July 2011 when she was employed as a licensed practical nurse. She was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on June 9, 2015.

Larceny in the First Degree 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 5 years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine.

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