BRISTOL - A city woman accused of illegally receiving government benefits has been ordered to be arrested again, this time for not showing up to court to answer to charges.
Jennifer Parisi, 46, allegedly collected more than $24,000 in benefits, over the course of about four years, after lying multiple times about having her children live with her, according to the warrant for her arrest.
Parisi, who is free on $1,000 bond, was scheduled to appear Thursday in Bristol Superior Court for a competency hearing, as a judge previously made a finding that she was not competent enough to understand the proceedings against her, but that she was likely restorable to competency. She was not at the hearing, so a judge ordered that she be re-arrested once she is found, charged with failure to appear and held on $50,000 bond.
Parisi has already been charged with failure to appear in court in March, after not showing up to answer to charges of first-degree larceny and false statement.
According to the warrant, between 2013 and 2017, Parisi received $7,628 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, saying her two children lived with her. She also, the warrant said, received $17,289 in Temporary Family Assistance benefits between 2013 and 2016.
The warrant said Parisi, in January 2017, admitted under oath, in New Britain Superior Court, that her children had been living with a relative since 2013. The document said, had she said that on her benefits application, she would have been found ineligible.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.