California's EDD reopens this week promising major security changes after a government strike team found evidence of rampant inefficiencies and fraud. In a KPIX 5 Original Report, Kenny Choi tells us that organized crime was the culprit.
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 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 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. Kiet Do reports. (1/15/21)
Emails Reveal EDD, Bank Of America At Odds Over How To Resolve Fraud Victims' ClaimsDespite assurances from California's Employment Development Department (EDD) and Bank of America that they are working together to fight fraud, Kenny Choi tells us that emails between EDD and Bank of America obtained by KPIX 5 show the two are not on the same page.
California EDD Suspends 1.4 Million Virus Unemployment ClaimsThe California Employment Development Dept. flagged 3.5 million accounts as potentially fraudulent then disqualified 1.9 million of those, leaving 1.4 million claimants waiting for payments while their identities are verified. Kenny Choi reports. (1-8-21)
Victims Of Bank Of America EDD Debit Card Fraud Recount Stories Loss, FrustrationLawmakers plan to call Bank of America on the carpet in January over massive fraud involving unemployment debit cards. Kenny Choi reports on another trend he uncovered.
CA Lawmakers Demand Answers After Tens Of Thousands Bilked In EDD Bank Of America Debit Card ScamSince KPIX first exposed a series of massive hacks involving Bank of America EDD debit cards, hundreds of victims have emailed us their stories. Kenny Choi tells us, now state lawmakers are taking notice.
Debit Card Distribution Called Weak Link in EDD Fight to Stop FraudState lawmakers are taking action to help millions of Californians receiving their unemployment benefits through EDD Bank of America debit cards which are vulnerable to fraud. Kenny Choi reports. (12-4-20)
EDD Fraud Suspects ArrestedAuthorities believe they’ve busted at least one of the EDD fraud rings that may have siphoned up to $1 million by stealing identities. Kenny Choi reports. (12-3-20)
Victims Of EDD Debit Card Scam Fighting Bank Of America For Their MoneyKPIX first reported scammers were emptying the bank accounts of people with EDD debit cards issued by Bank of America. Kenny Choi reports that since then, we have heard from dozens more who are fighting with B of A to get their money back.
Lawmakers Seek Answers After $140M In Unemployment Benefits Paid To PrisonersCalifornia lawmakers are demanding answers after prosecutors said more than $140 million in state unemployment benefits were paid to prisoners, including those on death row. Kenny Choi reports. (11/25/20)
Fraudulent Charges Appearing On Bank Of America EDD Debit Cards Of 350,000 Unemployed Californians.Something 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. Kenny Choi reports. (10/28/20)
Audits Show Fraud Permeates Through Federal COVID-19 Relief ProgramsA pair of audits of the Small Business Administration that are about to be released find “significant evidence” the SBA approved hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in potentially fraudulent loans. Kenny Choi reports. (10/21/20)