A Hartford man is under arrest after authorities say he stole the identity of a California resident, then pocketed $37,000 in unemployment compensation benefits.
Ignacio Sotelo-Bustos is charged with defrauding a public community.
Authorities say he was not legally authorized to work in the U.S.
Investigators say he stole a social security number and collected unemployment between 2009 and 2011.
Sotelo-Bustos is charged with one count each of larceny in the first degree by defrauding a public community, felony unemployment compensation fraud and identity theft in the first degree. He is free on $10,000 bond.
He faces over 20 years in prison and over $20,000 in fines if convicted.