MERIDEN — A local woman faces charges after investigators said she fraudulently received over $16,000 worth of benefits from various state assistance programs.
Nicole Rondeau, 36, of 37 David Drive., was charged Wednesday with first-degree larceny and first-degree forgery.
Rondeau submitted fraudulent applications and forged documents, including not reporting her husband as a household member with income, according to her arrest warrant. The couple would not have been eligible for the benefits if that information was included, according to a release from the Connecticut Chief State Attorney’s Office.
Rondeau received a total of $16,579 in benefits, which included about $5,000 in food stamps, about $5,300 from Care4Kids, about $5,600 from Husky Medicaid and $780 from the Connecticut Energy Assistance program.
Rondeau was released on $20,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Dec. 23.
– Lauren Sellew