California authorizes more than $140m in payouts in alleged fraud highlighting department in crisis

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Unemployment claims from prison inmates have cost California $140 million. At least 35,000 unemployment claims were fraudulently made on behalf of prison inmates costing California $140 Million and paid out benefits. The Sacramento County D. A calls it one of the biggest fraud of taxpayer dollars in California history. The claims were made between March and August and even include one of the name of convicted murderer Scott Peterson. Prosecutors were tipped off by listening in on recorded calls from prison as inmates bragged about scamming the system. This scheme always involved someone on the outside to facilitate the applications, and prosecutors say the problem is compounded by dysfunction at the California Employment Development Department, which does not check unemployment claims against a list of prison inmates, as many other states do. From the

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