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A new Mercedes. Expensive shoes. Cartier watches and jewelry. Prosecutors say all of the items were among materials purchased for billions of dollars by California’s Employment Development Department. All of this was described in a KCRA 3 documentary “Earning Easy: Fraud, Luck, and Failure.” One of the issues that law enforcement is debating in the state of California is seizing those assets. Under California law, it is more difficult to obtain a document unless there is a clear case that it was purchased with illegal proceeds. Investigators have been subpoenaing the EDD since 2020 to receive unemployment claims. This will prove or disprove that the accounts are fraudulent. In a Facebook Live discussion with “Easy Money” producer Dave Manoucheri, Congressman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, and Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert talked about what comes next with EDD and who is responsible. “We have been discussing this for a long time, and because of your story, I will introduce a bill on January 3 that would allow law enforcement to seize these assets from these individuals. Cooper’s bill will go to Congress but will have to pass both there and the state Senate. However, even as the EDD fraud detailed in Easy Money hit the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program – or PUA – criminal organizations and individual fraudsters have pivoted. PUA ended this year, making the cheating on that program exhausting. The new fraud schemes appear to be related to disability claims, Schubert said. She said that the EDD has made “considerable efforts” to try to “stop it” and try to raise public awareness of the issue. But she says identity theft is a regular occurrence and can be hard to control. “You can buy someone’s identity on the dark web for $6.82. I mean, that’s shocking to me!” Schubert said. “And not just cheating in EDD and other systems, but all the other things that come with it.” Those things can include lenders, credit cards, and bank accounts in your name. The only way to help prevent that is to freeze your credit account with all three credit bureaus. But even those steps won’t stop job applications with unemployment departments. These people are tied to your social security number, not your credit report, so Schubert says people need to be on the lookout. Viewers on Facebook Live asked whether the governor or Sharon Hilliard, the former director of the EDD, should be held accountable. One viewer asked why Hilliard was not prosecuted. “It’s mismanagement, whether it goes up to crime or not, it’s going to be harder to sell,” Schubert said. “I’m so glad we revealed it.” But both she and Cooper say that while the money headed by Governor Gavin Newsom reaches astronomical numbers, problems with EDD have hit many administrations. “It’s an ongoing issue,” Cooper said. “This has been going on for years.” Related Content Make Money EasyInteractive | Easy Money: Scams, Fortunes and Failures. A KCRA 3 Documentary Investigating Easy Money: Here’s the Unprecedented Fraud Schedule at EDDEasy Money: Here’s How You Can Protect Yourself From Fraud.EDD Admits Paying $20 Billion la cheating. Here’s what you can buy with that money.

A new Mercedes. Expensive shoes. Cartier watches and jewelry.

Prosecutors say all of these items were among documents purchased for billions of dollars by the California Department of Employment Development. All of this was described in a KCRA 3″ documentaryEasy Money: Fraud, Luck and Failure. “One of the issues that law enforcement is arguing about in the state of California is seizing those assets. Under California law, it’s harder to get a document unless there’s a clear case that it’s already been taken. purchased with illegal proceeds.

Getting that evidence from the EDD has been a dilemma for ministries over the past two years. Investigators have been subpoenaing the EDD since 2020 to receive unemployment claims. This will prove or disprove that the accounts are fraudulent. Without that, the document cannot be sold or returned to the EDD.

In a Live discussion on Facebook along with “Easy Money” producer Dave Manoucheri, Congressman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, and Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert talked about what happens next with EDD and who is responsible.

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Cooper said in that discussion that he would try to fix that foreclosure law.

“We have been discussing this for a long time, and because of your story, I will introduce a bill on January 3 that would allow law enforcement to seize these assets from these individuals.

Cooper’s bill will go to Congress but will have to pass both there and the state Senate.

However, even as the EDD fraud detailed in Easy Money hit the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program – or PUA – criminal organizations and individual fraudsters have pivoted. PUA ended this year, making the cheating on that program exhausting. However, the new fraud schemes appear to involve disability claims, according to Schubert.

“Disability insurance fraud is now becoming a new game where they steal identities,” Schubert said.

She said that the EDD has made “considerable efforts” to try to “stop it” and try to raise public awareness of the issue. But she says identity theft is a regular occurrence and can be hard to control.

“You can buy someone’s identity on the dark web for $6.82. I mean, that’s shocking to me!” Schubert said. “And not just cheating in EDD and other systems, but all the other things that come with it.”

Those things can include lenders, credit cards, and bank accounts in your name. The only way to help prevent that is to freeze your credit account with all three credit bureaus. But even those steps did not stop job applications with unemployment departments. These are tied to your social security number, not your credit report, so Schubert says people need to be on the lookout.

Viewers on Facebook Live asked whether the governor or Sharon Hilliard, the former director of the EDD, should be held accountable. One viewer asked why Hilliard was not prosecuted.

“It’s mismanagement, whether it goes up to crime or not, it’s going to be harder to sell,” Schubert said. “I’m so glad we revealed it [the fraud]. ”

But both she and Cooper say that while the dollar amount led by Governor Gavin Newsom hits an astronomical number, problems with EDD have hit many administrations.

“It’s an ongoing issue,” Cooper said. “This has been going on for years.”

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