BRISTOL— A former employee at the state’s Department of Social Services was charged on Tuesday with stealing almost $23,000 in benefits, according to a press release from the Chief State’s Attorney’s office.
Katheryn Maties, 41, of Bristol, allegedly issued approximately $22,926 in State Administered General Assistance (SAGA) Benefits to people who did not apply for them while employed as an Eligibility Services Specialist at DSS, release states. She then withdrew the money for herself.
The SAGA program provides monetary assistance to people who are unable to work for medical or other reasons and do not qualify for other assistance programs, according to the release.
During 2011 and 2012, Maties transferred the money into the bank accounts of four people who had no knowledge of the scheme, the release states.
Maties was charged with first-degree larceny. She released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 15. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
By Kelly Glista, Hartford Courant