California admits up to $31B in unemployment may have gone to fraudsters and foreign criminal rings

An arm of the California government admitted that up to $31 billion in unemployment funds may have been sent to fraudsters.

“Of the $114 billion in unemployment paid by California since March, approximately 10% has been confirmed as fraudulent. An additional 17% of the paid claims have been identified as potentially fraudulent,” Secretary for the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Julie Su said in a California Employment Development Department conference call.

Earlier this month, the state estimated that $10 billion in unemployment benefits was fraudulently sent, with some of the funds going to organized crime organizations in China and Russia. Initial estimations reported
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