No Criminal Charges for Irene Food-Stamp Fraud Cases: Report [NBC]

August 25, 2014

NBC Connecticut

Suggesting they don’t have the personnel to handle the relatively minor cases, Connecticut prosecutors said they won’t pursue criminal charges against state workers and others who fraudulently got Irene-related food stamps.

One official told the New Haven Register there would be dozens of cases, all involving less than $1,000 of aid.

One hundred seventy state employees were disciplined for receiving benefits and 97 workers were fired. Of those, all but four were overturned.

State Senator Len Fasano released a statement saying he was not pleased by the decision.

“I am extremely disappointed in the decision not to pursue criminal charges against those state employees who obtained public benefits they were not entitled to receive. State employees are expected to act in the public’s best interest. They should be held to the highest standard of conduct because they hold a public trust. In this situation, that trust was broken,” Fasano said in a statement.