A New Milford man was arrested July 2 and charged with illegally collecting almost $13,000 in unemployment compensation benefits.

Louis E. Hollister, 46, of Terrace Place was charged with one count each of first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud.

The arrest is the result of an investigation by the unemployment compensation fraud unit in the office of the chief State’s Attorney following a complaint by the state Department of Labor.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Hollister fraudulently collected approximately $12,830 in unemployment benefits from November 2013 through April 2014 when, in fact, he was employed.

Hollister was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and was scheduled to appear Tuesday, July 7 in Superior Court in New Britain.

First-degree larceny by defrauding a public community is a Class B felony punishable by not less than one year or more than 20 years in prison and/or 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 or more than five years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine.

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