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Resident receives 200 unwanted EDD letters

Resident receives 200 unwanted EDD letters
Posted at 12:10 AM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 03:10:23-04

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — A local woman says she's received nearly 200 letters from the EDD over the past few weeks even though no one in her home has recently filed for claims.

She's the second person we've spoken to about the issue.

Sandra Rodriguez lives in Bakersfield and says for the past two weeks, letters like this from the California Employment Development Department have been appearing in her mailbox.

The problem is, she's not sure why she's getting them.

They have her address on them, but not her name.

She says no one in her home has filed a claim with the EDD.

"It's nerve-wracking because fraud is the first thing I think of and you don't want to be involved in that," said Rodriguez.
"I don't want my name to be attached to anything fraudulent so that was my first thought."

Rodriguez reached out to 23ABC after our story aired last week about, another woman, who received more than two dozen letters just like Rodriguez's.

On Wednesday, local Assemblymember Rudy Salas and other lawmakers submitted an emergency request to audit the EDD's operations.

He says he has questions because many people have not received their unemployment and need that money as they face the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are going to try and find the deficiencies to find out what's the big backlog, because back in march the legislature actually appropriated millions of dollars to the governor to help take care of this," Salas said.

"We knew that there was going to be an issue and we saw the earlier signs of what could possibly happen at EDD."
On Thursday, the California legislature approved the audit request.

The audit will look at the EDD's effort to deliver unemployment insurance benefits, the backlog, and how to improve the call center.