Employment Development Department

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Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) released the following statement after another scathing report highlighted failures within Newsom’s Employment Development Department (EDD): “If you woke up today wondering whether one-party rule hurts California’s families, look no further than today’s report on the state’s failed employment department. “This report highlights …continue reading

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A total of eight defendants have been charged in a superseding indictment for submitting over $25 million in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims in the identities of inmates, minor children, and others to the California Employment Development Department (EDD) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The indictment was announced today by U.S. Attorney …continue reading

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A former California Employment Development Department (EDD) employee was sentenced today to 63 months in federal prison for causing nearly 200 fraudulent COVID-related unemployment relief claims to be filed in other people’s names, resulting in nearly $4.3 million in ill-gotten gains. Gabriela Llerenas, a.k.a. “Maria G. Sandoval,” 44, of Perris, …continue reading

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Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Employment Development Department (EDD) Chief Deputy Director of External Affairs, Legislation and Policy Nancy Farias as Director of EDD, filling the role held by outgoing Director Rita Saenz since 2020. Director Saenz will continue to serve the Administration by resuming her role as …continue reading

Cottie Petrie-Norris

After California lost more than $810 million taxpayer dollars last year to unemployment insurance (UI) fraud, legislation to implement standard fraud-prevention practices at California’s Employment Development Department (EED) was signed into law. AB 110, authored by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, requires EDD to cross-check unemployment claims against incarceration records in order …continue reading

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Almost one year after Governor Newsom’s EDD “Strike Team” released findings on the failures of the Employment Development Department (EDD), legislative Democrats once again postponed an audit hearing that would have provided oversight to the state’s failed EDD. This critical hearing was originally scheduled for August 17, postponed to August …continue reading

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Despite the rampant fraud and mismanagement that has plagued the California Employment Development Department (EDD) and cost taxpayers at least $11 billion in fraud, three Republican good-government bills to address those failures were shelved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee Chair. Those bills held in Assembly Appropriations were: SB 39 by …continue reading

Cottie Petrie-Norris

After more than $810 million taxpayer dollars were stolen last year, a bill to implement standard fraud-prevention practices at California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee. Authored by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, AB 110 will require the Employment Development Department (EDD) to cross-check incarceration records …continue reading

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Top Ten Stories for May 30 through June 05 include COVID-19 vaccines, COVID-19 benefits fraud, and a hot pursuit in Seal Beach. Top Ten Stories for May 30 through June 05 are the most-read stories at Orange County Breeze over the last week (excluding weather forecasts and events): County of …continue reading

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Top Ten Stories for May 2021 include a fatal pedestrian accident, COVID-19 vaccinations, and clemency from Gov. Newsom. The Top Ten Stories for May 2021 were the most read stories at Orange County Breeze over the month of May 2020 (excluding weather forecasts and events): …continue reading