Hartford man charged with Unemployment Compensation fraud

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hartford man has been arrested and charged with fraudulently collecting unemployment compensation benefits.

Officials say that 38-year-old Rafael Spears of Hartford was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation showed he did not report his wages to the Department of Labor from April to August 2013, when he collected approximately $7,245 in unemployment benefits.

Spears has been charged with one count of first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community and one count of first-degree unemployment compensation fraud. He was released on a $10,000 bond and is due in court on November 5.

If Spears is found guilty, he faces not less than one year, or more than 20 years in prison and/or up to a $15,000 fine for first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, and not less than one year, or more than five years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine for unemployment compensation fraud.

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