Former Derby school employee charged with larceny, unemployment fraud

DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — A former Derby school employee was arrested and charged with fraudulently collecting nearly $23,000 in unemployment benefits through under-reporting wages earned while working for the public school system.

Jeffrey Smith, a 57-year-old residing in Danbury, was taken into custody following an investigation by the Inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney as a result of a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor. Smith was charged with one count each of larceny in the first-degree by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Smith under-reported the wages he was earning from working as a school climate specialist for the Derby Board of Education to fraudulently collect approximately $22,931 in unemployment benefits from Sept. 2012 through June 2014.

Smith was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court, on Aug. 30, 2016.

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