Historic Fraud: California Inmates Scoop $140 Million in Pandemic Unemployment Checks

Prosecutors say California prison inmates scoop more than $140 million in pandemic unemployment checks, with help from friends and family on the outside, because the state doesn’t cross-check applications against a list of inmates, as most state governments do. Gov. Gavin Newsom takes bold action by appointing a task force, as nine prosecutors plead for him to stop one fraud of historic proportions.

Background Resource:
California OK’d Aid in the Name of Scott Peterson, Other Killers
[Associated Press, November 24, 2020]

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