Former Bridgeport Man Charged With Unemployment Fraud

NEW BRITAIN — A former Bridgeport resident accused of fraudulently collecting more than $18,000 in unemployment benefits was arraigned in Superior Court Tuesday, according to the Chief State's Attorney's office.

Tyiwaine Drake, 29, who now lives in Virginia, was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud, said spokesman Mark Dupuis. He had been taken into custody on a fugitive from justice warrant by police in Richmond, Va., where he had waived his right to an extradition hearing.

According to the warrant for his arrest, Drake fraudulently collected about $18,058 in unemployment benefits between July 2010 and April 2012. He claimed to be unemployed during that time period, although he actually was working, the warrant says.

In court Tuesday, Drake was released on a promise to appear in court on Oct. 9.

The larceny charge is punishable by not less than one year nor more than 20 years in prison and/or up to a $15,000 fine, Dupuis said. The fraud charge is punishable by not less than a year nor more than five years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine.

The investigation was conducted by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud unit of the Office of the Chief State's Attorney, which is based in Rocky Hill.

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