SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY (CBS13) — A San Joaquin County man is headed to jail for EDD fraud.
Prosecutors say Charles Carlson and Brandi Meyer stole the identities of 13 people and pilfered $68,000 in fraudulent EDD benefits.READ MORE: Trailblazer Flew Through Glass Ceilings As First Female African American Pilot To Fly U-2 Aircraft
Both pled guilty to EDD fraud, felony drug possession, and other charges. Carlson was sentenced to three years in jail and Meyer has not been sentenced.READ MORE: Pressure Behind The Wheel: Sacramento Mover Drove Historic Victorian Mansion Through San Francisco
Recent data uncovered by CBS13 shows just how widespread unemployment fraud may be in California. It includes more than 30,000 addresses that appear to have been used to apply for EDD benefits for 10 or more different people.MORE NEWS: Early COVID Patient Remembers Military Quarantine After Cruise Ship Outbreak
The agency says crooks are stealing ID’s through data breaches then applying for unemployment using their names and social security numbers