Daily Blotter – April 9

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Woman Accused of Exploiting Katrina Help

A Connecticut federal grand jury indicted a New Britain woman accused of falsely claiming to be victim of Hurricane Katrina.  Federal prosecutors said Christine Tate, 30, collected more than $3,400 in storm-relief benefits. Tate is accused of falsely applying for and receiving the money from a Federal Emergency Management Agency program set up to help victims of Katrina. The grand jury indicted Tate on one count of theft of government property and two counts of making false statements. If she  is convicted of all three charges, she could face 20 years in prison and $750,000 in fines.

Man Shot in Home Invasion

A Norwich man has been hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the leg after a late-night home invasion. Norwich police are looking for three people who forced their way into a home on Peck Street around midnight. The man's wound is not life-threatening.

Wife Accused of Handcuffing Hubby Goes to Court

A woman accused of attacking her husband in his sleep after handcuffing him to the bed will head to court Thursday. Helen Sun, 37, Sun allegedly wanted to have a conversation without the chance of him leaving. He couldn't leave, but did call 911, according to the recording, and police rescued him. Sun's husband has since filed for divorce. She is facing assault charges.   

Man Fakes His Death

What sounded like the ultimate excuse to get out of a court appearance didn't pan out. Carlos DeLacruz, who was scheduled to appear for trial in Litchfield Superior Court on drug charges, is accused of avoiding his court date by sending a relative with a death certificate in Spanish. The certificate claimed he died in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic.  Prosecutors deemed the certificate to be fake and found DeLacruz in New York City.  He now faces additional charges.

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