California EDD freezes 300,000 disability claims

Newsom sent $31 billion worth of unemployment checks to people in State prison—including folks on death row.  Now he is caught with another massive scam—over 300,000 people receiving disability checks have had them frozen. That is a massive number—and Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom have been AWOL in protecting the public from yet another scam.

“California’s Employment Development Department announced that its frozen 300,000 new claims for disability benefits while it investigates possible fraud. The EDD’s suspicions were piqued by a sudden surge in applications for benefits.

The California department that distributes workers’ disability benefits is freezing more than 300,000 claims while it investigates possible fraudulent applications.

There has been an unusual amount of new disability claims made to the Employment Development Department in the past month, the EDD said.” 

What other State agencies have massive scams—we need more audits.

California EDD freezes 300,000 disability claims

By KTVU Staff, 1/14/22 

EDD freezes 300,000 new disability claims

California’s Employment Development Department announced that its frozen 300,000 new claims for disability benefits while it investigates possible fraud. The EDD’s suspicions were piqued by a sudden surge in applications for benefits.

The California department that distributes workers’ disability benefits is freezing more than 300,000 claims while it investigates possible fraudulent applications.

There has been an unusual amount of new disability claims made to the Employment Development Department in the past month, the EDD said. 

That prompted the department to freeze applications while it investigates which are legitimate.

Applicants are being asked to provide additional information to verify their identities and disability status.

The situation is reminiscent of problems the EDD has faced with unemployment claims. In October, state officials said that the EDD was bilked out of $20 billion from applicants filing phony jobless claims.

The EDD had tried freezing unemployment payments while it sought to sort out the deserving cases from the fraudulent applications. But the EDD agreed to abandon that tactic when it settled a class-action lawsuit and instead agreed to send checks while it investigated potential fraud.

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  1. Great stuff. Linked to you @ zpub.com

  2. It’s hard to believe that the State of California is actually doing something proactively to prevent fraud! Did they actually LEARN something from the unemployment fraud, or are they finally out of taxpayer money and they are doing this out of desperation? I’m betting on the latter. Also, what is Newsom doing to recover that $20 BILLION they gave out to the fraud unemployment applicants?

    • They are clawing it back from self employed people who hit unemployment in the shutdown if they after the fact cant prove their eligibility. The request from.the edd on email is being ignored because people think it is a scam and dont want to give their id info. If you get a request from edd to verify your identity you should call edd to find out if it is legit. If so and you do not respond they will empty out your bank account.

  3. I received a letter from the EDD (Rancho Cordova office) Friday regarding a claim for disability payments from someone I have never met, his SS#, and filed October 2021. The paper had an enclosed colored box that read: Return this letter in the enclosed envelope if 1.) the person’s ss# is incorrect
    2letter) the person is still employed
    3.) this may be fraud
    Then it was to be signed, dated, and returned if any of the three items were relevant. There was also a phone number to call, and it was only about 2pm so I tried the number. It was answered by a recorded message that the office was closed and would only be open on Monday from 8-12pm. Interesting that it was a weekday (closed), and Monday is MLK Birthday, a national holiday! So, I signed, sealed and mailed the letter.

    This state has an EXTREME financial and administrative problem that seems ignored by all agency heads, computer geniuses from Silicon Valley, and political elites including Gov Hair Gel…

  4. Rico Lagattuta says

    You signed, sealed and mailed the letter? This is a joke, right?

  5. You now see the folly of voting for Democrats or anyone on the left.

  6. This screwed me so bad. I’ve been disabled since 12/13/2021 and I’ve yet to receive a payment. All documentation is in order but the status of my claim is still on “Waiting Period”. It’s starting to get a bit critical financially and I don’t return to work until March 7, 2022. Stressing!!!

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