Postal employees charged with benefits fraud

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Seven U.S. Postal Service employees have been charged with illegally collecting more than $110,000 in unemployment compensation benefits.

The Office of the Chief State’s Attorney said the employees were arrested Friday after a joint investigation by the office, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General. The investigation was prompted by a complaint from the Connecticut Department of Labor.

Authorities say the seven are accused of grossly under-reporting the wages they received while employed by the Postal Service in order to fraudulently collect unemployment benefits.

They are charged with unemployment compensation fraud and larceny and released on $10,000 bonds. The seven are scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on June 24.

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