Substitute teacher accused of unemployment compensation fraud

CANTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A Simsbury substitute teacher has been arrested and charged after officials say she was illegally collecting unemployment compensation benefits.

Officials say that 66-year-old Sharon M. Avruch of Canton has been charged with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud.

The Connecticut Department of Labor filed a complaint about Avruch, which led to an investigation. The arrest warrant affidavit states that Avruch fraudulently collected $5,899 in unemployment benefits from November 2012 to March 2014 by under-reporting the income she earned by working as a substitute teacher for Simsbury schools.

Avruch was released on $10,000 bond and is due in court on December 17. Avruch is presumed innocent unless found guilty.

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