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Stamford Woman Charged With Fraudulently Collecting $13K In Unemployment

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STAMFORD, Conn. — A Stamford woman was arrested Wednesday on charges of fraudulently collecting more than $13,000 in unemployment compensation benefits, according to the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice.

Crystal A. Derubis, 34, of 257 Greyrock Place, Apt. 2B, was charged with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud.

She under-reported her earnings from two employers to fraudulently collect $13,194 in unemployment benefits from January through December 2013, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

She was arrested by inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney.

The arrest is the result of an investigation into a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

Derubis was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and was scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on March 23.

The larceny charge carries a one to 20 years prison term and/or up to a $15,000 fine. The unemployment compensation fraud is punishable by a year to 5 years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine.

The case is being prosecuted by the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit.

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