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Former RTM Member & Daughter Charged with Fraud

Former RTM member Monroe Ralph Hymans, 86, now living in Summerville, South Carolina, and his daughter Julie Hymans, 39, of Bridgeport, have been charged with six counts of mail fraud. Hymans had three terms on Westport's RTM from 1991 to 1993, 1995 to 1999 and 2005 to 2007.

Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced on April 8 that a Hartford federal grand jury returned the charges on March 30.

Hymans and his daughter allegedly received more than $300,000 in fraudulent unemployment benefits.  The indictment was unsealed on April 8. Both have been arrested.

The Indictment alleges that, from approximately January 1995 to April 2009, Hymans and Julie Hymans defrauded the Connecticut Department of Labor by collecting approximately $317,313 in unearned unemployment benefits.  The indictment also charges that Hymans used both his real name and aliases of Ronald Monroe and Monroe Hymans to collect the benefits. If convicted, Hymans and his daughter face a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000, on each count.

This case is being investigated by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General and the United States Postal Inspection Service.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul McConnell.

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