Naugatuck man charged with illegally collecting $8k in unemployment while in prison

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ROCKY HILL — A Naugatuck man is facing charges he illegally collected nearly $8,000 in unemployment compensation benefits while he was in prison.

Authorities said 46-year-old Eric Harrold was arrested Friday after an investigation into a complaint from the Connecticut Department of Labor.

Prosecutors said Harrold fraudulently collected $7,812 in unemployment benefits from November 2011 through March 2012 while he was incarcerated.

Harrold is charged with one count each of larceny in the first degree and unemployment compensation fraud.

He was released on a $10,000 bond and is due in court Aug. 2.

It’s unclear whether he has retained a lawyer who could comment on the charge.

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