KPIX EDD Fraud Reports

California EDD Website Experiencing Technical IssuesThe website for California's beleaguered Employment Development Department is experiencing technical problems preventing users from being able to sign on Monday, according to the website and state officials.
New Department of Labor Website Aimed at Helping Victims of Unemployment FraudThe U.S. Department of Labor on Monday announced the launch of a new website for people who have been targeted for unemployment insurance identity theft.
EDD Fraud: South Bay Pastor Another Target In Unemployment Debit Card ScamSanta Clara County has seen a huge spike in EDD fraud and its accompanying trail of victims, including a pastor serving a mostly poor, immigrant congregation in the South Bay.
EDD Fraud: Feds Indict 2 In State Prison Scam To Rip Off EDD BenefitsA federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging two defendants in a scheme that fraudulently used state prison inmate identities to rip off California Employment Development Department unemployment insurance benefits, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
Victims Of EDD Bank Of America Debit Card Fraud Could Be Taxed On Benefits They Never ReceivedMillions of Californians who get their EDD unemployment benefits on Bank of America debit cards have lost thousands of dollars in fraudulent transactions. Now KPIX is learning they could get hit with taxes on income they never received.
Stolen California EDD Unemployment Benefits Used To Fund Assault Weapons Purchases; 2 ArrestedPolice in Sacramento say they have arrested two people charged with stealing more than half a million dollars in unemployment benefits.
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.

KPIX 5 EDD Video Reports

Massive Backlog of EDD Claims Continues to GrowBrian Hackney reports on the large backlog of EDD claims in California still waiting to be processed (6-21-2021)
EDD Fraud: Federal Judge Issues Sweeping Injunction Against Bank of AmericaA federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Bank of America Tuesday in the wake of widespread fraudulent Employment Development Department (EDD) claims totaling billions of dollars. Kenny Choi reports. (6/1/21)
Bank Of America Denies Claim Of South Bay Pastor Whose EDD Debit Card Was HackedA South Bay pastor filed a fraud claim with Bank of America after hackers drained his EDD debit card account. Kenny Choi tell us he got the same standard letter KPIX has seen so many times, saying his claim was closed.
EDD Debit Card Victims Getting Taxed For Money Hackers Stole From Their AccountsAfter enduring all the frustrations of fraud involving Bank of America EDD debit cards, Kenny Choi tells us now victims are getting taxed by the IRS for money they never received.
How California's EDD Fraud Is Perpetrated By Criminals On The Dark WebMore than $11 billion in unemployment benefits have gone to criminals instead of the millions of Californians who desperately need money. Kenny Choi shows us how the fraud is perpetrated in playbooks on the 'dark web.'
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 News Reports

Daly City Police Seek Public's Help Identifying EDD Fraud SuspectPolice in Daly City on Tuesday asked for the public's assistance in identifying a man suspected of committing EDD fraud earlier this year.
Three Charged With Allegedly Ripping Off $2 Million In EDD Unemployment Benefits A state prison inmate, his wife and a San Leandro man have been charged by federal prosecutors in a stolen identity scam that allegedly ripped off the California Employment Development Department for more than $2 million in COVID benefits.
California Announces Change to Pay Unemployment Benefits FasterGov. Gavin Newsom’s administration on Thursday announced a major change in how California pays unemployment benefits, potentially unlocking payments for up to 100,000 people who have gone weeks or months without assistance.
Newsom Appoints Special Counsel To Investigate Multi-Billion Dollar EDD Debit Card FraudGov. 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.
3 Charged In Northern California Prison-Based EDD Fraud SchemeTwo Northern California prison inmates and a Los Angeles woman have been charged with submitting $1.4 million in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims to the California Employment Development Department (EDD).
California EDD Now Requiring Proof of Job Search To Collect Unemployment BenefitsAfter more than a year of a COVID-19 hiatus, California officials once again Sunday began requiring state residents to provide proof of an employment search to obtain their unemployment benefits.
UPDATE: State Requiring Job Search Proof For Unemployment Benefits; How Will EDD Enforce It?With the economy almost fully reopened now, businesses are complaining that the state’s unemployment benefits are so generous, it’s keeping people from looking for work. So, starting this week, those receiving benefits will have to at least say they’re looking for a job.
Women's Prison Inmate, Fresno Man Sentenced In California EDD FraudA Fresno man and an inmate at a Northern California women's prison were sentenced Monday to five years and one month in prison for submitting fake unemployment insurance claims to California's Employment Development Department (EDD). 
California EDD Will Require Proof of Job Search To Collect Benefits Beginning In JulyCalifornia will stop giving unemployment benefits to people who are not actively applying for jobs, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration has announced.
California EDD Fraud Conviction Leads To 6-Year Prison Term For Stockton ManA former Stockton resident was sentenced Tuesday to six years and three months in prison for a scheme of mail fraud and identity theft against the California Employment Development Department, according to the U.S Attorney's Office.
NorCal Prison Inmate, 3 Others Charged In $1.2 Million California EDD Fraud SchemeAn inmate at a Northern California prison along with three other people have been indicted on federal charges involving $1.2 million in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims from the state's Employment Development Department (EDD), authorities announced Thursday.
Ex-Aryan Brotherhood Leader Arrested In Lake County; Accused Of $400K EDD FraudA one-time top member of the notorious Aryan Brotherhood who claimed to have turned his life around after 45 years in prison is now charged with defrauding Northern Californians out of nearly $400,000 in unemployment benefits.
Sacramento Weapons Bust Leads To Discovery Of $600,000 California EDD FraudIn what a district attorney called a “dangerous combination,” prosecutors say a gun bust has led investigators to uncover $600,000 in pandemic-related fraud from California’s beleaguered unemployment agency.
EDD Fraud: Federal Judge Issues Sweeping Injunction Against Bank of AmericaA federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Bank of America Tuesday in the wake of widespread fraudulent Employment Development Department (EDD) claims totaling billions of dollars and the suspension of unemployment benefits to the hundreds of thousands of Californians affected.