Stockton Woman Pleads Guilty To Identity Theft, EDD Fraud SchemesA Stockton woman pleaded guilty this week to unemployment fraud and identity theft schemes, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
Newsom Administration Appoints Special Counsel For California Unemployment FraudCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration on Tuesday tapped a former federal prosecutor to help investigate billions of dollars in fraudulent unemployment benefits paid by the state.
Californians Must Actively Look For Work To Get Unemployment As Of July 11Californians will need to actively apply for jobs in order to receive unemployment benefits, Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration announced Thursday.
'Dangerous Combination': Sacramento Gun Bust Leads To Charges Of $600,000 In Unemployment FraudProsecutors say a gun bust has led investigators to uncover $600,000 in pandemic-related fraud from California's beleaguered unemployment agency, in what Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert called a “dangerous combination."
Woman Arrested In Unemployment Fraud Scheme Totaling Over $250,000, Sacramento DA SaysA woman was arrested in connection to an unemployment fraud scheme that totaled more than $250,000, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office announced on Friday.
California Lawmakers Advance Bill Aimed At Stopping Unemployment FraudCalifornia lawmakers on Thursday advanced what they called commonsense legislation requiring two state agencies to share information aimed at helping stop billions of dollars in pandemic-related unemployment fraud.
California Still Losing Jobs, But Recovery Likely ComingNearly 70,000 jobs were lost in California this January as the coronavirus pandemic stretched into the new year, but the state's unemployment rate dropped slightly to 9% as more people stopped looking for work amid another round of lockdowns.
California Unemployment Fraud So Widespread That State Issued Payments To Someone Using Sen. Feinstein’s NameUnemployment agencies across the country were bombarded with so many claims during the pandemic that many struggled to distinguish the correct from the criminal.
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.