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Inmates Dupe California Officials Out of $140 Million

Added 11-25-20 01:45:04pm EST - “One county prosecutor said the total cost to state taxpayers 'may well amount to upwards of a billion dollars.'” - Westernjournal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Westernjournal.com: “Inmates Dupe California Officials Out of $140 Million in 'Staggering' COVID Aid Scheme”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Eric Risberg / APIn this Aug. 16, 2016, photo, general population inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California. (Eric Risberg / AP)

California taxpayers were defrauded out of at least $140 million in unemployment benefits by murderers, rapists and child molesters who are currently behind bars in the state, according to a report.

KSWB-TV reported Tuesday that as unemployment claims were skyrocketing amid shutdowns this year related to the coronavirus pandemic, many Golden State prisoners took advantage of the chaos.

Using names such as “John Doe,” “John Adams” and “Poopy Britches,” inmates cashed in on the pandemic.

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert told KSWB that between March and August, 35,000 California inmates filed unemployment claims with the Employment Development Department.

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