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Nine inmates in San Diego County charged with scamming Employment Development Department

California Unemployment Fraud
Posted at 10:51 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 13:51:41-05

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KERO) — Nine inmates in San Diego County have been charged with scamming the Employment Development Department.

The district attorney's office said the inmates received more than $160,000 through fraud committed between June and September last year.

The inmates lied about their eligibility and addresses on EDD applications while they were assigned to a program that allows certain inmates to finish their sentences in halfway houses.

The state has acknowledged that the department has been scammed out of hundreds of millions of dollars due to fraudulent claims.