Former state worker pleads guilty to mail fraud

Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Conn. (WTNH)- A former state worker, whose job it was to catch people committing fraud, has pled guilty to federal charges of mail fraud himself. 40 year old Lynwood Patrick Junior of East Hartford has been sentenced by a judge to three years probation.

He’ll have to serve the first six months of that condition in home confinement. According to court documents, Patrick applied for a mortgage modification under a federal initiative designed to help homeowner in tough financial straits secure loans a lower rates.

At the time, Patrick was the Director of Investigations for the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services. His job was to investigate and detect fraud in programs like Medicaid and Care4Kids.

Prosecutors say Patrick misrepresented his assets to make it appear as if he was experiencing a hardship when he wasn’t.

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