DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Danbury woman was arrested today and charged with using a Pennsylvania woman’s Social Security number to illegally collect more than $52,000 in Unemployment Compensation benefits in Connecticut.
Judith Malcolm, 43-year-old of Danbury, was charged with one count each of Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community and Unemployment Compensation Fraud.
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.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Malcolm fraudulently collected approximately $52,862 in unemployment benefits from May 2002 through Nov 2012.
Malcolm was released on a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear June 30 in New Britain.
Larceny in the First Degree by Defrauding a Public Community is a Class B Felony punishable by not less than 1 year nor more than 20 years in prison and/or 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 a $5,000 fine.