Tag: Fraud
Pandemic Unemployment Fraud Tops $400 Billion
In early 2020, state governments across the country reacted to the arrival of the coronavirus epidemic by imposing lockdowns. By forcing businesses to close and ordering residents to stay at home, their aim was to “flatten the curve” and limit the spread of Covid infections. It was supposed to be for just 15 days,...
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COVID Relief: Where Did All That Money Go?
One year ago, Americans began getting far more first-hand experience with a viral epidemic than any wanted. One year later, the U.S. government has spent $6 trillion to provide relief from the coronavirus pandemic. Of that total, $37 billion was spent on Operation Warp Speed’s development of several vaccines. The vaccines are the main...
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California Agency Ponders Huge Clawback of Unemployment Payments
California State Auditor Elaine M. Howle has slammed California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) for incompetence and mismanagement in a “scathing report” evaluating its performance during the coronavirus pandemic. The troubled agency was already in the hot seat for processing billions of fraudulent unemployment claims in what some call the “biggest fraud on taxpayers in...
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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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