Former state worker charged with stealing benefits

Charra Moore arrest. (Photo): CT Department of Criminal Justice

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A former employee of the state Department of Social Services (DSS) was arrested today and charged with stealing nearly $10,000 by illegally issuing public assistance benefits to her father, her daughter and father of her daughter.

Charra Moore of Hamden was arrested by Inspectors from the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with one count of larceny in the first-degree and one count of committing prohibited activities in violation of the state code of ethics.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Moore, while employed by DSS, created accounts providing $9,764 in cash benefits via electronic benefit transfer (FBT) cards to her father, her daughter and the father of her daughter. The benefits were authorized as cash assistance or through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which was previously known as the Food Stamp program.

Moore was released on a $1,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Oct. 7.