BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Investigators unraveling an identity fraud scheme targeting California’s unemployment system have arrested 44 people in Beverly Hills this month alone, officials said Thursday.
More arrests are expected as the California Employment Development Department and federal authorities investigate reports of people receiving unsolicited letters, some with debit cards, from the state’s jobless agency, the EDD said.
“Scammers are using a complex profile of stolen personal identifying information most likely obtained from national and global data breaches,” the department said.
Investigators suspect scammers are attempting to intercept fraudulent items when they are mailed so they can cash in on the jobless benefits, the agency said.
The agency is focusing on a segment of jobless claims called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which helped people not normally eligible to receive unemployment benefits, including independent contractors.
Some of the PUA claims…