Conn. daughter, dad accused of unemployment fraud

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - An 86-year-old man and his daughter have been indicted on federal charges of fraudulently receiving more than $300,000 in unemployment benefits.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Monroe Ralph Hymans of Summerville, S.C., and his 39-year-old daughter, Julie Hymans of Bridgeport, have been charged with six counts of mail fraud.

Authorities say from January 1995 to April 2009, Monroe Ralph Hymans, a former Westport resident, and his daughter collected $317,313 in unemployment benefits to which they were not entitled. Authorities say Monroe Ralph Hymans used his real name and fictitious identities to collect benefits.

A telephone message was left for them Thursday.

If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.

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