Newsom Appoints Rita L. Saenz As New EDD DirectorGov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday appointed Rita L. Saenz to oversee the state's Employment Development Department, which has been overwhelmed by claims during the coronavirus pandemic and also has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars in phony claims, including to prison inmates.
California EDD's Jobless Claims Still A 'Black Hole,' Lawmakers SayAn attempt by California's Employment Development Department to stem an unemployment benefits scam potentially exceeding $2 billion while reducing a frustrating backlog is failing, two state lawmakers from opposing political parties said Thursday, though others reported fewer problems.
California Paid $400 Million In Unemployment Benefits To InmatesCalifornia sent about $400 million in fraudulent unemployment benefit payments to state prisoners, a state official said Tuesday, nearly triple the amount disclosed last week and a number that could grow as a criminal investigation continues.
Task Force To Track Down EDD Money Fraudulently Obtained By InmatesUp to $1 billion in benefit cash was stolen by California inmates, and now prosecutors are tasked with getting that money back. But they say they could spend the rest of their lives on this investigation and still couldn't get back every dollar stolen.
California Woman Sentenced In Disability Fraud SchemeA woman was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison for scheming with a California state employee to file hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent claims for disability insurance benefits.
California EDD Director Sharon Hilliard Announces RetirementSharon Hilliard, the director of California's Employment Development Department, announced on Friday that she will retire at the end of the year, the agency said in a news release.
EDD Fraud Concerns Forces Action In CaliforniaAt least 350,000 debit cards filled with money for unemployment benefits in California have been frozen because of suspected fraud, state officials said, revealing how prevalent the problem has become now that the state has paid more than $105 billion in benefits since March.
EDD Backlog Shrinks To 1.3 Million Following 2-Week ResetCalifornia's Employment Development Department said Wednesday it has cleared about 246,000 of its more than 1.6 million backlogged claims following a two-week “reset” where it stopped taking new applications so it could improve its technology.
California To Pause Unemployment Claims For 2 WeeksCalifornia will not accept new unemployment claims for the next two weeks as the state works to prevent fraud and reduce a backlog as more than 2 million people are out of work statewide during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said late Saturday.
Fraud Concerns Raised Over CA Employment Development DepartmentConcerns are growing of possible fraud at California’s Employment Development Department after multiple reports of unsolicited debit cards arriving in people’s mailboxes and a suspiciously high number of claims involving independent contractors.
Coronavirus Unemployment: EDD Limits Lawmakers' Efforts To Help Californians Collect UnemploymentThe Employment Development Department is telling state lawmakers to stop trying to help so many Californians collect the unemployment they're entitled to.