New Britain Man Accused of Stealing Social Securities to Collect $70K in Unemployment Benefits

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A New Britain man is accused of collecting almost $70,000 in unemployment benefits by using other people's social security numbers, Connecticut's criminal justice division said. 

Guillermo Salazar, 38, faces one count of first degree larceny by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud. 

Between Oct. 2007 and September 2012, Salazar collected $69,384 using three different social security numbers. One number was invalid, one belonged to a Pennsylvania woman who died and one that belonged to a woman in Texas, according to a warrant.

Salazar was arraigned and held on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Mar. 1. 

He could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $15,000 fine for defrauding and a maximum of five years and a $5,000 fine for compensation fraud. 

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