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California froze 1.4 million unemployment claims to fight fraud related to the coronavirus unemployment relief program. State Senator Jim Nielsen shares more information with North State citizens.

Posted: Jan 10, 2021 1:26 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2021 9:54 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Families and a small-business economy ravaged by the coronavirus and a state agency torn by a related fraud that could exceed $2 billion are at the top of California lawmakers’ fix-it list as they return to the state Capitol.

They have already introduced numerous bills in response to the pandemic. They plan to convene Monday in Sacramento.

These bills range from extending protections for renters, to attempting to regain some decision-making authority that they had delegated to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

They pushed back their usual start by one week because of the coronavirus surge. Among their most urgent priorities, lawmakers are racing to extend eviction protections that otherwise will soon expire.

California's District 4 State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) is the Vice-Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee. He said on Friday that he wants the $15-$26 billion dollars in one-time unexpected revenue from the Department of Finance to be used on one-time expenses, encouraging support for those struggling with joblessness, those who own small businesses, and for supporting children's' needs.

Senator Nielsen said of the state's Employment Development Department (EDD), "EDD must be fixed to ensure that Californians receive the help they need."

CALIFORNIA FREEZES UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS DUE TO PRISON-RELATED EDD FRAUD

California froze 1.4 million unemployment claims during its recent efforts to fight fraud related to the coronavirus unemployment relief program.

The Los Angeles Times revealed there were 6,000 claims that were potentially fraudulent, many in the name of people incarcerated in California. At least 2,000 people with claims in California were found to be incarcerated in Florida's jails and prisons. The Times said EDD representatives acknowledged that roughly $400 million dollars were distributed by the EDD in the name of California prisoners.

STATE SENATOR NIELSEN PROVIDED HIS RESPONSE TO CONSTITUENT INQUIRIES

State legislators in Northern California have been contacted by a large number of citizens who are having difficulty straightening out their unemployment claims and receiving funds.

Senator Nielson said, "There needs to be an independent audit of the internal procedures that have caused this chaos."

"The solution has got to be within the organization and substantial changes must be made," he added.

Nielsen said the EDD has informed his office that those who have received notice that their claim was suspended for suspected fraud will receive a link to ID.me between January 6 and January 14, 2021. He said claimants will use the provided link to verify their identity in order to clear their claim.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3055568

Reported Deaths: 34441
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles103280614122
San Bernardino2561091560
Riverside2504362645
San Diego2168352109
Orange2148082477
Santa Clara943661109
Kern86718565
Fresno82485968
Sacramento806781111
Alameda67952765
Ventura62101436
San Joaquin58290786
Contra Costa52965450
Stanislaus42882758
Tulare41867506
Monterey36126255
San Mateo32596309
San Francisco29321262
Solano25806106
Imperial25317465
Santa Barbara25083236
Merced24452308
Sonoma24068240
Kings19435145
Placer17380180
San Luis Obispo15929136
Madera13443151
Santa Cruz12298113
Marin11693157
Yolo10620131
Shasta9776122
Butte9474123
El Dorado782644
Sutter775478
Napa760140
Lassen519516
San Benito496343
Yuba495127
Tehama397142
Tuolumne338240
Nevada320673
Mendocino311432
Amador301631
Lake261230
Humboldt239324
Glenn193519
Colusa17339
Calaveras161723
Siskiyou144613
Mono11214
Inyo97429
Del Norte8662
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3024
Sierra820
Alpine730
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As expected, we had much quieter weather around northern California on Wednesday with plenty of sunshine, much weaker wind, and a wide range of temperatures. Thursday will be similar, but much more active weather is coming.
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