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.
California EDD Not Answering 60% Of Calls Due To Surge In Unemployment ClaimsCalifornia’s unemployment agency is not answering 60% of the calls it receives for help as the overwhelmed department struggles to work through more than 1 million pending claims five months into the pandemic.
Lawmakers Demand EDD Send Unemployment Checks To Californians Waiting Months For BenefitsA huge backlog has left more than a million Californians waiting for months for an unemployment check. Now, California legislators are urging the state to pay unemployment benefits now and fix its broken system later.
California Lawmakers Slam EDD For Slow Payouts During COVID-19 PandemicCalifornia lawmakers accused the leader of the state’s unemployment department of failing the public in a tense hearing Thursday that featured stories of people waiting weeks or months to receive their benefits after losing their jobs because of the pandemic.
Flood Of Applicants Bogs Down California EDD Pandemic Unemployment AssistanceFinancial help is finally supposed to be available this week for millions of Californians who couldn’t apply for regular unemployment benefits. But we’re getting flooded with emails from viewers who say they can’t get through to apply.
California EDD Struggles To Keep Up With Staggering Surge In Unemployment ClaimsCalifornia's Employment Development Department says it’s doing the best it can with a historic surge in unemployment claims, but some people are running out of patience.