Stamford man charged with illegally collecting unemployment benefits

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Stamford man was arrested today and charged with illegally collecting more than $11,000 in unemployment compensation benefits.

Andrew Tanner was charged with one count each of larceny 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, 51-year-old Tanner fraudulently collected approximately $11,526 in unemployment benefits from June through Dec. 2013 when, in fact, he was employed.Tanner was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Sept. 10, 2015.

Larceny 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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