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California EDD Criticized By Lawmakers At Fraud Hearing

California lawmakers are criticizing the California Employment Development Department over delays in processing legitimate claims and massive fraud that could total more than $30 billion dollars. New EDD Director Rita Saenz testified Wednesday that the department needs a lot of help.

Saenz was brought in a month ago to fix things and told a joint legislative hearing that EDD has been plagued with old technology and business processes for years. She said the massive influx of new claims a year ago brought on by the pandemic exposed the scope of the problems, and led to relaxing some security protocols that left the department vulnerable to fraud.

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