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Ex-Westport Official's Daughter Gets Prison Time

WESTPORT, Conn. – Former Westport resident Julie Hymans , daughter of the late Ralph Hymans, a former Representative Town Meeting member, was sentenced to 90 days in federal prison Wednesday for her role in a scheme in which she and her father fraudulently received over $300,000 in unemployment benefits, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced.

Over the course of 14 years, Julie Hymans, 41, and her father collected $312,804 from the state Department of Labor by filing false unemployment claims, David Fein, the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, said in a news release. Both pleaded guilty to the scheme last year.

From January 1995 to April 2009, Ralph Hymans obtained unemployment benefits for himself and his daughter by creating several fake companies they were “laid off” from, Fein said.

In December 2008, the state stopped sending unemployment checks. In January and March 2009, Julie Hymans contacted the Department of Labor and said she was eligible to receive benefits, as she had been laid off from Monroe Management, one of the fictitious companies created by her father.

To support her claim, she faxed a fraudulent tax form to the state, which falsely stated that she had previously worked for another fictitious company created by her father. Julie Hymans pleaded guilty to mail fraud in the scheme last October. Her father pleaded guilty to the same charge last March. They both faced a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Ralph Hymans, who served on the RTM from 1991 to 1993, 1995 to 1999 and 2005 to 2007, died before he was sentenced.

In addition to 90 days in jail, Julie Hymans was ordered to pay a $250 fine. After serving her sentence, she will be on supervised release for one year, Fein said.

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