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Illegal Immigrant Caught Collecting Unemployment In Connecticut

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WALLINGFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) — A former Wallingford resident will be deported to his native Mexico after a U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation revealed he was receiving unemployment benefits as an illegal immigrant.

According to court documents and trial testimony, Francisco Nunez-Banuelos, 27, used a Social Security number in December 2007 to seek unemployment insurance compensation benefits that were paid through April 2008.

He received 17 checks totaling $5,678 from the Connecticut Department of Labor and helped another Mexican native living inMexicoreceive benefits, according to officials.

Judge Janet Bond Arterton ordered him to pay $11,439 in restitution yesterday and sentenced him to six months in prison with time served. He was found guilty of one count of false representation of a Social Security number and 17 counts of mail fraud.

Nunez-Banuelos has been detained since his arrest on June 21, when agents from the United States Social Security Commission visited his residence after noticing social security numbers provided by Nunez-Banuelos did not match his name.

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