Angie Colon, 46, of East Haven has been arrested and charged with conducting a scam using a fake New York state address to receive benefits from that state, according to the New York Daily News.
Colon, who lives in East Haven, is accused of stealing more than $100,000 in benefits that do not belong to her. She is also under investigation for filing for Connecticut Medicaid benefits while receiving the New York benefits, according to the article.
Acting New York State Welfare Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott
and New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. announced the
arrest of Colon for stealing nearly $100,000 in
public assistance benefits from New York.
She was indicted on one count
of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, one count of Welfare Fraud in the
Second Degree, and three counts of Offering a False Instrument for
Filing in the First Degree, all felonies, according to the report.
“The Defendant manipulated the system in order to steal public benefits
meant for New Yorkers in need,” said Acting Welfare Inspector General
Scott. “The Defendant both lived outside of New York and was gainfully
employed in another state. I will continue to investigate fraud of
public assistance benefits programs to ensure that moneys intended to
assist the needy are paid only to those entitled to these benefits.”
The Welfare Inspector General’s investigation revealed that although
Colon had been living in Connecticut for more than 10 years, she
collected New York public assistance benefits from 2009 through 2012.
Colon filed an application and re-certifications for public assistance
benefits utilizing a Manhattan address in which she never lived.
Additionally, the Inspector General obtained evidence that since 2010,
Colon has filed for Medicaid benefits in the State of Connecticut, the article said.
The investigation also obtained evidence that since 2010, Colon was employed by three companies in Connecticut.