Man charged with using Norwich woman's identity to collect unemployment compensation

A former Groton resident was charged Wednesday with fraudulently collecting more than $600 in unemployment compensation benefits by using a Social Security number assigned to a Norwich woman.

Troy D. Williams, now of West Hartford, was charged with one count of second-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, third-degree identity theft and unemployment compensation fraud.

The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Norwich Police Department and the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney following a complaint by the Norwich woman.

According to a press release from the Division of Criminal Justice, the woman contacted the state Department of Labor after she was notified that another state agency was discontinuing her benefits because she failed to report receiving unemployment compensation. Investigators determined Williams used the woman's Social Security number to fraudulently collect approximately $615 in unemployment benefits in the fall of 2013.

Williams was released on a $25,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in New Britain on March 4.

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 state 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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