Tag: Fraud
Sen. Dianne Feinstein Turns up in $2 Billion EDD Scandal

Back in the 1990s, a comedian was lampooning people who wore jerseys of NBA players. “Look,” the comic said, “there’s Shaq at the unemployment office.” Something similar is now going on in real life. 

California Unemployment Fraud Could Balloon to $2 Billion

As we noted, California prison inmates, including convicted murderers, serial killers and such, have been making fraudulent unemployment claims, and the state Employment Development Department has been faithfully paying the criminals. According to law enforcement officials, EDD has no mechanism to stop the payouts amounting to some $1 billion. By some accounts the worst...
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California’s Multibillion-Dollar Pandemic Unemployment Fraud

California’s government-waste problem with unemployment fraud has just become a lot bigger. It’s not just celebrities and prison inmates who have been fraudulently cashing in on California’s pandemic unemployment assistance program. If it were, the total amount of taxpayer money lost to fraudulent unemployment claims in the state would total less than $1 billion....
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California Prisoners Score Fraudulent Unemployment Benefits

Scamming COVID unemployment benefits from California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) isn’t just for celebrity rappers any more. Serial killers, rapists, and child molesters can cash in too! Just before Thanksgiving, a law enforcement task force discovered that thousands of fraudulent COVID unemployment claims had been filed by residents of California’s state prisons. Worse, the...
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Celebrities Cash In on COVID-Relief Fraud

To borrow a line from the movie Taken, the U.S. government has a “particular set of skills.” It borrows trillions of dollars and it spends trillions of dollars. Unlike Liam Neeson’s character in Taken, Uncle Sam isn’t particularly good at either of these skills. After state and local governments shuttered businesses and mandated residents...
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Massive Fraud Likely in Obamacare Exchange Subsidies

The Government Accountability Office has just released a report detailing the massive opportunities for fraudulently getting tax credits in Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges. Obamacare sends billions of taxpayers’ dollars to health insurers that operate in these exchanges—$37 billion last year alone. These tax credits are used to discount premiums for plans offered in the...
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Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Don’t Worry, They’ll Guard Themselves!

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will guard the guards themselves? Do not fret, mis amigos. Our guardians have already made ample provision for guarding themselves. They have, among other upstanding actions, appointed ombudsmen, established offices of inspector generals, enacted the Administrative Procedure Act, and created internal affairs divisions in police departments. So, as anyone...
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Reauthorized Child Care Block Grant: Another Brick in the Wall for Big Government

Access to high-quality child care is an important consideration for many American families and parents—especially those struggling to make ends meet. Last month the Senate passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG), approved by the House back in September. President Obama signed the bill on November 19. The bill...
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Interstellar Liberty and the Foibles of Progressivism

Spoiler Alert: This blog post may contain clues to key plot points in the 2014 film Interstellar. One of the cornerstones of progressive political thought is that experts should be put in charge of public policy, using “scientific” management and “evidence-based” policy analysis to determine and implement social policy. Few areas of policy have...
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“Creepy Uncle Sam” Obamacare Care-nival

To follow up on the superb “Creepy Uncle Sam” videos satirizing Obamacare (see here and here), the new “Something Creepy This Way Comes: Creepy Uncle Sam Obamacare Care-nival” has now gone viral on the Internet: For the pivotal alternative to Obamacare, please see the Independent Institute’s widely acclaimed book: Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis,...
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