Several California district attorneys will announce widespread unemployment fraud in California prisons and prisons.
SACRAMENTO, California – As hundreds of thousands of people in California wait to get their unemployment benefits, a group of district attorneys announce a widespread fraud involving inmates.
The scam affects county and jail inmates who are falsely receiving money from the California Department of Employment Development (EDD), which manages unemployment benefits.
The district attorneys will provide further details on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.
ABC10 previously reported inmates at the San Mateo County Jail who were able to defraud EDD out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits.
San Mateo County prison fraud
“What happened, would the prison people apply. [They] We applied through the internet available to them in our prison and applied for EDD benefits which, of course, are not eligible for them, ”said Stephen Wagstaffe, District Attorney for San Mateo County.
Based on the search warrants requested by ABC10, an investigator with the San Mateo Prosecutor was listening to phone calls in the prison on an unrelated case when he uncovered the elaborate scheme.
There were dozens of phone records of inmates pacing back and forth to find out people’s full names, social security numbers, and birthdays.
“They did it from the jail using the county jail phones and the iPads they got in jail,” Wagstaffe said. “The inmates received iPads and were able to communicate with EDD and submit applications to the district prison.”
They operated the program from a San Mateo County jail and used 30 different inmate names to make claims. According to Wagstaffe, EDD paid out unemployment benefits between $ 250,000 and $ 300,000.
“I watch on your television station and other television stations that people are not able to provide for their own livelihood, accommodation and food because EDD is so secured,” said Wagstaffe Geld, pushing these people further down that is pretty egregious behavior. “
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Several of the defendants have pleaded guilty. For some who are still serving time, they are added several years to their sentence and have to repay the state in repayment.
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