BRIDGEPORT RESIDENT ADMITS ROLE IN SCHEME
TO DEFRAUD CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JULIE HYMANS, 41, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to one count of mail fraud stemming from a long-running scheme during which she and her father, Monroe Ralph Hymans, fraudulently received more than $300,000 in unemployment benefits.
According to court documents and statements made in court, the Federal and State Unemployment Insurance System, which is designed to provide benefits to persons who are out of work due to no fault of their own, is administered for the federal government by state employment offices. The U.S. Department of Labor oversees the Unemployment Insurance System and the federal government funds all administrative costs, including salaries and office expenses for the employment offices. Benefits paid to unemployed workers from the private sector are financed by taxes on employers in the State of Connecticut by the State’s Department of Labor.
From approximately January 1995 to April 2009, HYMANS and her father engaged in a scheme to defraud the Connecticut Department of Labor by collecting unemployment benefits to which they were not entitled. During that period, Monroe Ralph Hymans used aliases and fictitious companies to fraudulently claim unemployment insurance benefits from the State of Connecticut. In addition to claiming benefits for himself, he claimed benefits in his daughter’s name. In particular, Monroe Ralph Hymans falsely claimed that JULIE HYMANS earned wages at Monroe Management, one of the fictitious companies he created.
In 2008, the Connecticut Department of Labor stopped sending unemployment insurance checks to Monroe Ralph Hymans. In January 2009, JULIE HYMANS contacted the Connecticut Department of Labor to inquire about the interruption of unemployment insurance benefits and to request that they be reinstated. During a series of conversations with Connecticut Department of Labor employees, JULIE HYMANS repeatedly falsely stated that she had been employed by Monroe Management and that she was entitled to benefits as a former employee of that fictitious company. She requested that the benefits continue and that they be sent to her address. She repeated this request in March 2009, prompting the Connecticut Department of Labor to mail nine unemployment insurance checks to an address associated with her and her father.
As a result of this scheme, the Department of Labor of was defrauded out of approximately $312,804.
On March 24, 2011, Monroe Ralph Hymans pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and admitted his role in the scheme.
Judge Kravitz has scheduled sentencing for December 23, 2011, at which time JULIE HYMANS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This case is being investigated by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Paul McConnell and Christopher Mattei.
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