Death Row inmates part of California’s ‘massive’ unemployment fraud; totals could top $1B

By Henry Lee and Aja Seldon

A team of prosecutors from nine counties on Tuesday announced a “massive fraud” investigation involving inmates at California prisons and jails who have successfully filed tens of thousands of jobless claims including high-profile names such as Scott Peterson, Cary Stayner and others on Death Row.

Authorities said between March and August, 35,000 inmates filed unemployment claims while they were behind bars through the state’s Employment Development Department.

Of that 20,000 claims were paid out totaling more than $140 million. But Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said the full amount could be upwards of $1 billion.

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