California Advances Bill Aimed at Massive Unemployment Fraud

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers on Thursday advanced what they called commonsense legislation requiring two state agencies to share information aimed at helping stop billions of dollars in pandemic-related unemployment fraud. The measure that cleared its ...

California Sees Suspicious Surge in Unemployment Claims

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is reporting a surge in coronavirus unemployment claims last week for independent contractors, gig workers and the self-employed — the category of benefits blamed for much of the state's fraudulent payments. The state last we...

DA: Typo Tripped Up ‘Dead’ Man’s Attempt to Avoid Jail

NEW YORK — A criminal defendant tried faking his death to avoid a jail sentence, but the phony death certificate his lawyer submitted had a glaring spelling error that made it a dead giveaway for a fraud, prosecutors said Tuesday. Robert Berger, 25, of Hunt...