Former West Haven man arrested for unemployment fraud

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — A former West Haven man was arrested and charged with illegally collecting more than $7,000 in unemployment compensation benefits.

Alexander C. Delancey Jr. was arrested Monday by police in Rome, N.Y., and charged as a fugitive from justice on a warrant issued by the Unemployment Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

Delancey waived extradition to Connecticut and was arraigned today in New Britain Superior Court on one count each of unemployment compensation fraud and larceny in the first -degree by defrauding a public community. Bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety and the case was continued until Feb. 11, 2016.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Delancey illegally collected more than $7,100 in unemployment compensation benefits when, in fact, he was employed and earning wages. The arrest is the result of an investigation by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit following a complaint from the Connecticut Department of Labor.

Larceny in the 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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