KPIX EDD Fraud Reports

Playbooks For Scamming California EDD Benefits Easy To Find On Dark WebAt least $11 billion in unemployment benefits so far have gone to criminals instead of to the millions of Californians who desperately need them during COVID-related hardship.
Victims of EDD Debit Card Hacking Describe Experiences on Road to RecoveryUnemployment debit card accounts of tens of thousands of Californians have been hacked and KPIX has learned that Bank of America, which has the exclusive contract to handle the funds for the state Employment Development Department, is facing yet another class-action lawsuit.
Lawmakers Unveil Reforms To California's Troubled EDD Unemployment Payment ProgramIn the wake of billions of dollars lost to fraud, a group of California lawmakers unveiled legislation Thursday designed to overhaul the state's troubled Employee Development Department (EDD) unemployment payment program.
EDD Fraud: Millions May Have To Repay California Jobless Aid, State Auditor SaysCalifornia's unemployment agency might have overpaid millions of people since March after it stopped enforcing some eligibility rules so they could process claims faster, according to a new audit released Tuesday.
Good Samaritans Rally To Help Bay Area Man After EDD Payments FrozenMore than a million unemployed Californians were asked to re-verify their identities by the state's Employment Development Department and saw payments suspended right before the new year.
Stymied Claimants Call Out Identity Service Hired by EDD to Help Fight FraudThe Employment Development Department recently notified 1.4 million benefit recipients their payments were suspended and flagged due to possible fraud. Now many are complaining about problems they've experienced when they attempt to get re-verified.
EDD Benefits Thieves Now Targeting Victims' Bank Accounts; 'My Identity Is Being Hijacked'Imagine discovering one day that your bank account has been hijacked by an imposter who has stolen all your money. It's the latest twist in a hacking epidemic involving unemployment debit cards that KPIX 5 was first to expose last fall.
UPDATE: California EDD, Bank of America At Odds Over Resolving Fraud Victims' ClaimsDespite assurances from California's Employment Development Department (EDD) and Bank of America that they are working together to fight fraud, emails between EDD and Bank of America obtained by KPIX 5 show the two are not on the same page.

KPIX 5 EDD Video Reports

Victims of EDD Debit Card Hacking Describe Experiences on the Road to RecoveryUnemployment debit card accounts of tens of thousands of Californians have been hacked and KPIX has learned that Bank of America, which has the exclusive contract to handle the funds for the state Employment Development Department, is facing yet another class-action lawsuit. Kenny Choi reports. (2-6-21)
California Lawmakers Tackle EDD Fraud With Proposed LegislationState lawmakers unveiled a slew of bills to tackle issues related to the Employment Development Department. Kenny Choi reports. (2-4-21)
Lawmakers Unveil Reforms To California’s Troubled EDD Unemployment Payment ProgramIn the wake of billions of dollars lost to fraud, a group of California lawmakers unveiled legislation Thursday designed to overhaul the state's troubled Employee Development Department (EDD) unemployment payment program. Anne Makovec reports. (2/4/21)
Lawmakers Grill Bank of America Execs Over California EDD FraudMonths after KPIX 5 first exposed an epidemic of EDD fraud in California, Bank of America was finally forced to answer tough questions from lawmakers. Kenny Choi reports. (1/26/21)
EDD CRISIS: Good Samaritans Rally To Help Bay Area Man After EDD Payments FrozenGood Samaritans Rally To Help Bay Area Man After EDD Payments Frozen
Stymied Claimants Call Out Identity Service Hired by EDD to Fight FraudIt recently suspended benefits to millions to combat fraud. Now, many claimaints tell KPIX that getting re-verified is a job in itself. Kenny Choi reports. (1-21-21)
EDD Benefits Thieves Gain Personal Identification To Hack Victims’ Bank AccountsHackers and thieves have gotten access to private information to impersonate people and drain their Bank of America accounts. Kenny Choi reports the latest scam involving EDD debit cards.
EDD Fraud: Bank of America Hit With Class-Action SuitA class action suit has been filed against Bank of America for its role in the widespread fraud involving California Employment Development Department (EDD) debit cards. Kenny Choi reports. (1-15-21)
EDD Fraud: Class Action Suit Filed Against Bank of America Over Hacked Unemployment Debit CardsA class action suit has been filed against Bank of America for its role in the widespread fraud involving California Employment Development Department (EDD) debit cards provided by the bank to people receiving unemployment benefits. Anne Makovec reports. (1/15/21)

EDD News Reports

Victims of EDD Debit Card Hacking Describe Experiences on Road to RecoveryUnemployment debit card accounts of tens of thousands of Californians have been hacked and KPIX has learned that Bank of America, which has the exclusive contract to handle the funds for the state Employment Development Department, is facing yet another class-action lawsuit.
Lawmakers Unveil Reforms To California's Troubled EDD Unemployment Payment ProgramIn the wake of billions of dollars lost to fraud, a group of California lawmakers unveiled legislation Thursday designed to overhaul the state's troubled Employee Development Department (EDD) unemployment payment program.
California Lawmakers Grill Bank Of America Over Handling Of Massive EDD Bank Card FraudLawmakers are turning up the spotlight on the massive EDD and Bank of America problems relating to unemployment insurance benefits.
EDD Fraud: Millions May Have To Repay California Jobless Aid, State Auditor SaysCalifornia's unemployment agency might have overpaid millions of people since March after it stopped enforcing some eligibility rules so they could process claims faster, according to a new audit released Tuesday.
Report: Billions Lost In Fraudulent EDD Payments; Overseas Crime Syndicates Cash InWhile millions of Californians are battling each day to put food on the table amid the idled COVID-19 economy, payments from the state earmarked to help them have been ripped off to the tune of nearly $10 billion, according to a security firm hired to investigate the fraud.
EDD Fraud: Class Action Suit Filed Against Bank of America Over Hacked Unemployment Debit CardsA class action suit has been filed against Bank of America for its role in the widespread fraud involving California EDD debit cards provided by the bank to people receiving unemployment benefits.
California EDD Suspends 1.4 Million Virus Unemployment ClaimsCalifornia has frozen 1.4 million unemployment claims as it battles fraud in its massive coronavirus unemployment relief program, it was reported Wednesday.
EDD: Newsom Appoints Rita Saenz To Direct California's Unemployment DepartmentGov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday appointed Rita L. Saenz to oversee the state's unemployment benefits department, which has been overwhelmed by claims during the coronavirus pandemic and also has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars in phony claims.
EDD Debit Card Withdrawals, SUV Purchase Leads Feds To Suspect In 6 Armed Mail Carrier RobberiesA 31-year-old Oakland man is suspected of committing at least six robberies or attempted robberies of United States Postal Service letter carriers in East Oakland.
EDD Fraud: Sunnyvale Officers Arrest 5 In Connection to $1M Fraud Case Involving At Least 100 VictimsFive suspects were arrested in connection with bilking approximately $1 million from the California Employment Development Department (EDD), the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety announced Thursday.
Prosecutors: Over 35,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Names Of Prison Convicts, Including Death Row Inmates Scott Peterson And Cary StaynerA California prosecutor says someone has filed an unemployment claim in the name of convicted murderer Scott Peterson.
California EDD Freezes 350,000 Unemployment Benefit Debit Cards Over Fraud ConcernsAt least 350,000 debit cards filled with money for unemployment benefits in California have been frozen because of suspected fraud, state officials said.
San Mateo County Inmate Pleads No Contest To COVID-19 EDD Assistance Fraud ChargesA state prison inmate suspected of involvement in a COVID-19 unemployment assistance fraud ring among inmates pleaded no contest on Tuesday to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, San Mateo County prosecutors said.
Former EDD Director Suggests Fraud Behind 'Ridiculously Outsized' Unemployment ClaimsConcerns are growing of possible fraud in California’s unemployment system after a suspicious number of claims involving independent contractors.