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Meriden Man Charged with Unemployment Fraud


MERIDEN –A Meriden man was arrested on Monday for using Social Security numbers assigned to two out-of-state women to allegedly collect more than $12,000 in unemployment.

 

Miguel Mendoza, 28,  of 114 Liberty St. in Meriden was charged with one count each of larceny in the first degree by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud.

 

The arrest is the result of an investigation by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney following a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

 

According to the arrest warrant, Mendoza fraudulently collected about  $12,513 in unemployment benefits from December 2009 through March 2013. He used Social Security numbers assigned to female residents of Tennessee and Massachusetts.

 

Mendoza was arraigned today in New Britain Superior Court. His bond was set at $25,000 cash only and the case was continued until Aug. 25, 2015.

 

 

The case is being prosecuted by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit, which was established under a partnership between the Division of Criminal Justice and the Department of Labor to investigate and prosecute alleged fraud in the unemployment compensation program.

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