Man charged with illegally receiving unemployment |

Man charged with illegally receiving unemployment

A former Snowmass Village hotel employee was arrested in Los Angeles and extradited to Aspen this week for allegedly receiving more than $12,000 in unemployment benefits while working at the hotel, according to court documents.

Herman Benn Jr., 40, was charged with theft and committing computer crimes — both felonies.

The alleged crimes occurred in 2012 and 2013 when Benn was working at the Viceroy Snowmass, according to a statement of facts filed in Pitkin County District Court by an investigator with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Benn allegedly filed for unemployment for 18 weeks in 2012, though he was employed for eight of those weeks, according to the statement. He received $808 during that period he was not entitled to, the document states.

In 2013, Benn filed for unemployment benefits for 34 weeks, though he was employed for 31 of them, according to the statement. He allegedly received $11,235 in benefits during that period he should not have received, the document states.

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