Tuesday, December 1, 2020

California investigators have identified $400 million in unemployment fraud filed in the names of prison inmates

LA Times:

The vast majority of fraudulent claims in the prisons involve the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which was approved by Congress and allowed self-certification of eligibility to expedite benefits


Investigators working with the state task force are still trying to determine how many of the claims identified were filed from prison, how many were filed on behalf of inmates by people who aren’t incarcerated and how many were filed by fraudsters using the identities of inmates without their permission


claims [have been] filed in the names of 133 inmates on death row