NEW BRITAIN – A New Britain woman has been accused of illegally collecting nearly $13,000 in unemployment benefits after quitting her job.
Sherese Mattis, 35, was arrested last week, New Britain judicial officials announced late Tuesday. She faces one count of first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community and felony unemployment compensation fraud.
Mattis’ sister, Kayla Delgado, a college student in New Jersey, has also been charged, having been accused of attempting to fraudulently collect benefits.
According to the arrest warrant, between January and June 2019, Mattis fraudulently collected $12,599 in unemployment benefits after quitting her job at a medical practice in Hartford, where she worked as an office manager. Unemployment benefits are meant for individuals who lost their job through no fault of their own.
Delgado, the warrant said, tried in March 2019 to collect unemployment benefits by saying she was an employee at the same medical practice where Mattis had once worked when, in reality, Delgado never worked there. Her benefits claim was contested by the Connecticut Department of Labor and no money was paid out to her.
Delgado, who was arrested Monday, faces charges of attempted second-degree larceny by defrauding a public community and attempt to commit misdemeanor unemployment fraud.
Mattis and Delgado were each freed on a promise to appear following their arrests. Their cases are being heard in Hartford Superior Court.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.