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Massive fraud: California's unemployment system delivered hundreds of millions to inmates including 133 on death row

Added 11-25-20 03:50:03pm EST - “"I have never seen fraud of this magnitude."” -


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From “Massive fraud: California's unemployment system delivered hundreds of millions to inmates including 133 on death row”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Last month I wrote about a rapper calling himself Nuke Bizzle who was arrested after posting a music video on YouTube in which he bragged about defrauding California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) of more than a million dollars. It turns out Bizzle was just the tip of the iceberg.

Tuesday a group of District Attorneys in California announced what they called “the most significant fraud on taxpayer funds in California history.” Thousands of California inmates applied for and received unemployment benefits in the form of pre-paid EDD cards. More than 100 of the beneficiaries of this fraud are currently on death row:

In most cases, task force members said, the payments were sent in the form of prepaid debit cards to addresses designated on the applications, with the proceeds later deposited to inmate accounts in jail and prisons, but in some, the benefits were sent directly to the institutions.

Among the named beneficiaries: Cary Stayner, a serial killer who murdered four women near Yosemite National Park in 1999; Wayne Ford, another serial killer, who confessed to at least four murders in 1997 and 1998 in Northern California; Scott Peterson, convicted in 2004 of the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci; and Isauro Aguirre, who, with his girlfriend, tortured and murdered her 8-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez, in 2013 in Palmdale, Calif…

The 35,000-plus payments sent out in the name of state prisoners alone…totaled more than $140 million between March and August, with nearly a half-million dollars disbursed in the names of 133 death row inmates. Among the largest: a claim for $19,676 disbursed in the name of a death row inmate and another for $48,600 in the name of another felon.


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