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Stratford Woman Charged With Trying To Collect Late Husband’s Annuity

Chief State Attorney Kevin Kane said a Stratford woman was arrested and charged with trying to illegally claim more than $66,000 that her late husband had left to his first wife and son.
Chief State Attorney Kevin Kane said a Stratford woman was arrested and charged with trying to illegally claim more than $66,000 that her late husband had left to his first wife and son. Photo Credit: State of Connecticut

STRATFORD, Conn. -- A Stratford woman was arrested and charged with trying to illegally claim more than $66,000 that her late husband had left to his first wife and son, according to Chief State Attorney Kevin T. Kane.

Valerie Clayton-Jamison, 56, was arrested Thursday, April 7, by inspectors from the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with one count of first-degree attempt to commit larceny and second-degree forgery,

According to the arrest warrant, Clayton-Jamison sought to claim the proceeds of an annuity that was owned by her late husband and turned over to the unclaimed property section of the State Treasurer’s Office as abandoned.

Clayton-Jamison submitted falsified documents to the office claiming to be the beneficiary of the annuity when, in fact, her late husband, Michael Jamison, had named his first wife as beneficiary and the son he had with her as the contingent beneficiary, the warrant states.

The annuity, worth $66,713.19, was turned over to the unclaimed property section after efforts were unsuccessful to locate the beneficiaries after Jamison’s death in 2008, the warrant states.

Clayton-Jamison was released on a nonsurety bond and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on April 18. She faces up to five years in prison and as much as a $20,000 fine.

The case is being prosecuted by the Statewide Prosecution Bureau of the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office.

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