BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A 31-year-old Bridgeport woman has been charged with fraudulently collecting over $32,000 in unemployment compensation over the course of three years, prosecutors said.
Courtney R. Tucker, of 22 Short St., 3rd Floor, was arrested April 4 and charged with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Tucker fraudulently collected $32,295 in unemployment benefits from May 2011 through June 2014 by under-reporting her earnings from six businesses.
Tucker was released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on April 11.
First-degree larceny is 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 punishable by not less than one year nor more than five years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine.
She was arrested by Inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.
The arrest is the result of an investigation into a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor.
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 fraud in the Unemployment Compensation program. It is financed with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.