New London woman charged with unemployment fraud

State officials charged a New London woman today with illegally collecting more than $39,000 in unemployment compensation.

Yveline Louissaint, 33, whose last known address is 309 Crystal Ave., was charged with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud.

The Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney began an investigation after receiving a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Louissaint fraudulently collected approximately $39,708 in unemployment compensation benefits between July 18, 2009 and May 14, 2011. The warrant affidavit states that Louissaint indicated that she was U.S. citizen in order to collect the benefits when, in fact, she was not legally authorized to work in the United States.

Louissaint was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and will be arraigned in New Britain Superior Court, G.A. No. 15, on November 8, 2013. The charges are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent unless and until she is found guilty.

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. It is financed with funds provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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