Prisoner Charged With First Degree Unemployment Fraud

Connecticut – 31 year old Jose Velez of Waterbury, who is currently serving a six-year prison sentence for first-degree robbery and escape from custody, will be going back to court for another first-degree charge. This time, it is for allegedly “robbing” the unemployment system.

According to the State of Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice, Velez was charged with one count each of larceny first-degree by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud. An investigation by the Connecticut Department of Labor shows that he fraudulently collected approximately $8,682 in unemployment benefits from Dec. 2014 through May 2015, while he was still employed.

He is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on April 27, 2017.