I.D. thief uses Monroe woman’s info to file unemployment claim in Kentucky

MONROE, CT — Police received two separate complaints about an unemployment benefits scam earlier this week.

On Monday, a local woman told police someone fraudulently used her Social Security number to file a claim for unemployment benefits in the state of Kentucky.

Police said she received a letter from the Office of Unemployment Insurance of Kentucky about the benefits she could receive. She told an officer she never lived in Kentucky and never filed for unemployment benefits anywhere.

Police said there was no financial loss, but the victim reported the incident to the Office of Unemployment Insurance of Kentucky, the Social Security Administration and the three major credit bureaus. She will also monitor her personal accounts for any unauthorized activity.

Then on Tuesday, a local man told police someone fraudulently used his Social Security number to open an account with AT&T to buy a cellphone, and to file an unemployment claim.

Police said he contacted the Department of Labor to report the fraudulent claim, as well as the Social Security Administration and the three major credit bureaus.

Con man poses as FBI agent

A local woman received a phone call from a man claiming to be an FBI agent, who told her she was under investigation. He asked her to confirm the last four digits of her Social Security number, which she did before becoming suspicious and ending the call.

Police said the caller was likely trying to get her to divulge more personal information.

The victim was told to contact the three major credit bureaus and to monitor her credit for any fraudulent activity.

Crash leads to DUI

A Sandy Hook woman was charged with DUI after driving her Chevrolet Suburban into a ditch in the 480-block of Fan Hill Road Sunday, March 7.

Melissa Mahon, 34, of Great Ring Road was also charged with failure to drive in the proper lane. She was released on $500 bond for a March 15 court date.

At around 10 p.m. on March 7, police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident on Fan Hill Road. Police said the driver, Mahon, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, appeared to be uninjured and was standing outside her SUV when officers arrived.

A large pile of rocks were in the south travel lane and the tan Suburban was in a ditch, police said adding there were several empty Coors Light beer cans inside the vehicle and Mahon admitted to drinking.

Field sobriety tests determined she was under the influence, police said.

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