A Southern California man who tried to obtain $27 million in unemployment benefits by falsely claiming his business was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic was sentenced Tuesday to more than 11 years in federal prison.
There are some fascinating but scary crosswinds blowing though the labor force; winds that also seem to be fueling inflation.
Federal prosecutors have indicted 10 people for allegedly stealing $2.7 million in unemployment funds with the help of California EDD contract worker.
Text messages are being sent by fraudsters claiming to be the EDD or Bank of America with a goal of stealing personal account information and money tied to California unemployment benefits.
A group of California advocates are claiming victory after reaching a settlement with the EDD over providing more language services to non-English speakers. Among the key provisions is $21 million to enhance multilingual services.
Amid a leadership change at the California EDD, legitimate disability insurance claimants who were suddenly cut off say they're still unable to get their benefits, despite asking lawmakers for help or trying to communicate with the troubled department.
A California man has been charged with illegally obtaining unemployment benefits amounting to more than $1 million.
The director of California’s Employment Development Department is stepping down, a little more than a year after she was hired to clean up the embattled department.
As scammers target California's disability insurance program, numerous legitimate claimants have had their benefits cut off after the Employment Development Department froze their claims.
California's Employment Development Department has frozen 345,000 claims for disability benefits while it investigates fraud and a widespread identity theft scam. The EDD's suspicions were piqued by a sudden surge in applications for benefits.
Former USC football player Abdul-Malik McClain allegedly organized and assisted a group of other USC football players in filing fraudulent claims for hundreds of thousands of dollars of COVID-19 unemployment benefits.
About one million Californians who got unemployment payments from the pandemic-related federal benefit program now have to prove they had a prior work history or possibly pay back the money.
State officials blamed nearly all of that fraud on a hastily approved expansion of unemployment benefits by Congress that let people who were self-employed get weekly checks from the government with few safeguards to stop people from getting benefits who were not eligible to receive them.
Gov. Newsom signed a raft of bills further forcing the EDD to clean up and streamline its act; a small consolation to those on the backlog of claims.
Gov. Newsom signed a law requiring the California prison system to share the names and Social Security numbers of inmates with EDD.
Though jobs in California are growing at a faster rate than the nation, the hangover from the still ongoing pandemic is still very much with us.
KTVU FOX 2's Tom Vacar reports.
After more than a year of hassling with the EDD to get his unemployment insurance, an East Bay roofer finally got his full backpay with one well-placed phone call.
William Anderson, a laid-off roofer, said the EDD has made several errors with his file that have prevented him from collecting unemployment benefits.
A California inmate and his wife, a nurse, were allegedly part of a scheme that bilked the California EDD for $2 million in fake claims.