Fraudulent Charges Appearing On Bank Of America EDD Debit Cards Of 350,000 Unemployed CaliforniansSomething very scary is happening to thousands of unemployed Californians who receive their government benefits through a Bank of America debit card - their accounts are getting drained by fraudsters.
Organized Crime Exploits Security Flaws In California EDD Program Locking Out Thousands Of Legitimate ClaimsThe Employment Development Department reopens for business this week. The agency is promising major security changes after a government strike team found rampant inefficiencies and fraud. One big reason for much of the problem is organized crime.
California Hits Reset Button On EDD; Strike Team Moves To Tackle Unemployment Claim Backlog, Fraudulent ApplicationsThe State of California has begun the process of revamping the embattled system used by the Employment Development Department to process unemployment claims, following months of trying to resolve missing claims, investigate fraud, and tackle a huge backlog of cases.
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.
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.
Clock Runs Out On $600-A-Week Federal Aid For Millions Of Unemployed AmericansNearly 30 million out-of-work Americans - including thousands in the Bay Area - are scrambling to figure out pay for basic expenses as expanded, federal $600-a-week unemployment benefits expire.
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.
State Employment Development Department Swamped With Unemployment ClaimsCalifornia lawmakers' offices have been flooded with requests for assistance from frustrated constituents unable to secure unemployment benefits from the Employment Development Department.
Coronavirus Update: Bleak Outlook For Workers Suffering California's Record Unemployment RateNew figures released by the federal government show the national unemployment rate is at 14.7 percent, the worst unemployment rate since the Great Depression. Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state's unemployment rate could be even worse.
Coronavirus Update: California Unemployment Disbursements Top $10 Billion Since MarchGov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that the state has dispersed more than $10 billion in unemployment insurance throughout the state since March 15, shortly before the state’s COVID-19 coronavirus shelter-in-place order began.
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.
'It’s Very Difficult'; Coronavirus Pandemic Strains California EDD With Nearly 1 Million Unemployment ClaimsThe California Employment Development Department said Thursday it has now processed nearly one million claims since the beginning of March, and KPIX 5 is learning that a lot of people are still having problems getting through.
Why California Continues To Put Millions At Risk Of ID Theft: The EDD RespondsCalifornia's Employment Development Department says it will continue to print Social Security numbers on many documents it mails and admits it doesn’t know how many people have been compromised by those mailings.
California EDD Finally Removes Social Security Numbers From Some Mailed Documents Following KPIX 5 InvestigationOne of the nation’s largest state agencies says it's finally removing Social Security Numbers from a document mailed every two weeks to millions of Californians, three years after it told KPIX 5 and lawmakers it had already removed the numbers.
California Agency Still Making ID Theft Easy By Mailing Out Social Security NumbersTwo and a half years ago, after a KPIX 5 investigation revealed the state was putting millions at risk for identity theft, officials promised changes.