Sixth Ellington company employee charged for illegally collecting benefits

Erick Orellan-Mateo (Photo: Connecticut Office of the Chief State's Attorney)
Erick Orellan-Mateo (Photo: Connecticut Office of the Chief State's Attorney)

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — A sixth employee of Bestech Inc, an Ellington-based asbestos removal business, was charged today for using a Social Security number assigned to a New York woman to fraudulently collect more than $75,000 in unemployment compensation.

Erick Orellan-Mateo, of Hartford, worked under an assumed name as Jorge A. Interiano. As a result of an investigation initiated after an anonymous tip to the Connecticut Department of Labor, Orellan-Mateo was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count each of larceny in the first-degree by defrauding a public community, identity theft in the first-degree, and felony unemployment compensation fraud.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Orellan-Mateo was not authorized to work in the United States and used the Social Security number assigned to a New York woman to collect approximately $75,266 in benefits from Jan. 2009 through May 2012.

Orellan-Mateo was arraigned today in New Britain Superior Court. The case was continued to Dec. 15, 2016, and bond was set at $35,000.

Four other Bestech employees were arrested in the past week and another was charged in July.  The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected, according to the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice.