Suki Handly, a former Department of Social Services employee, was accused of defrauding the state of more than $44,000 while she worked for the agency from March 2008 through August 2010, according to civil court documents.
Authorities claim she granted benefits to the agency’s clients that they had not applied for, and then had the electronic benefit cards sent to her office. She pleaded guilty to first-degree larceny in February 2012. Handly had previously been convicted of drug possession, prostitution and larceny offenses, the Hartford Courant reported, and told investigators at the time of the DSS embezzlement case that she was battling an Oxycontin addiction.
Handly had not worked with the agency long enough to be entitled pension payments, according to a 2014 ruling, but her pension account did have $2,118 accrued. Her pension was revoked in November 2014, and the money ordered paid to the state as part of her restitution.