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Bridgeport woman faces felony fraud charges

January 21, 2018 GMT

BRIDGEPORT — A Bridgeport woman was recently accused of illegally collecting more $15,000 in unemployment compensation benefits.

Monica Smalls, 38, was arrested Friday after an investigation into a complaint by the state Department of Labor.

Smalls is accused of collecting about $15,000 in unemployment benefits from July 2012 to September 2014 when investigators say she was working for a school transportation business, according to a release from the state Department of Labor.

Inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the chief state’s attorney’s office arrested and charged her with larceny in the first degree by defrauding a public community and felony unemployment compensation fraud.

For the larceny charge, Smalls faces one to 20 years in prison and/or up to a $15,000 fine. She faces one to five years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine for the unemployment compensation fraud charge.

She was released on a $10,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Thursday.