EDD freezes payments for 1.4 million Californians

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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The state’s Department of Employment Development has suspended unemployment benefits for 1.4 million Californians as it works to investigate fraudulent claims.
EDD has already suspended 2 million fraudulent accounts and will contact the remaining applicants to verify their identity, according to the Associated Press.

The delay comes as San Diego County continues to be under a governor-mandated shutdown order that has relegated restaurants to take-out only, closed lounges, and forced outdoor gyms only.

Ronald Davis, who lost his job at SeaWorld San Diego, said the state sent him $ 12 of his first leave before freezing his account. He is now waiting for information to verify his identity, as his bank account plunges into the negative.

“I had reservations and they are pretty much gone at this point,” Davis said, noting that he had requested food stamps and was living in a hotel.

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 140,000 Americans lost their jobs in December, the first month of nationwide job losses since March.

EDD says it has contacted every person whose claim has been suspended and guided them on how to restore payments. He says if no official response is received, the protest will be disqualified.

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