HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A former employee of the Connecticut Department of Social Services has been arrested on charges that she made more than $8,200 in unauthorized benefit payments to her brother and his roommate.

Authorities say 50-year-old Brenda Edwards of New London later took back some of the money for herself.

Edwards was arrested Wednesday by inspectors from the chief state’s attorney’s office. She was charged with larceny by defrauding a public community and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The arrest warrant says the Social Services department alerted prosecutors after an audit detected suspected fraud.

Edwards was released on a written promise to appear later in New Haven Superior Court. A phone listing for Edwards could not be found and it was unclear whether she has an attorney.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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