Bridgeport man charged in $14,000 unemployment fraud

Walter J. Bonn
Walter J. Bonn ( State of Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice)


A 67-year-old Bridgeport man has been charged with fraudulently collecting almost $14,000 in unemployment benefits.

Walter J. Bonn, of Patricia Road, was arrested last week by inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney. He was charged with one count each of first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Bonn under-reported his wages from working at supermarket to fraudulently collect approximately $13,858 in unemployment benefits from December 2011 through August 2014.

Bonn was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on June 29. .

Larceny in the first degree by defrauding a public community is a Class B felony punishable by not less than one year nor more than 20 years in prison andor up to a $15,000 fine. Unemployment compensation fraud in excess of $500 is a Class D felony punishable by not less than one year nor more than five years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine.


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