Nearly nine months into this pandemic, many Californians are desperate for financial help. The $600 unemployment benefit from the federal government’s COVID relief package expired this summer.
As of last week, there’s still a backlog of more than 620,000 claims with the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD). The LA Times reports today that EDD paid out $400 million on tens of thousands of fraudulent claims. Those claims used the names of California prison inmates, including more than 100 on death row.