California recoups $1.1 billion in likely fraudulent benefits | app

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — About $1.1 billion in unused unemployment benefits returned to California on Tuesday, state officials said it was most likely attempted fraud during the pandemic.

The money sat on 780,000 Bank of America debit cards that were never used. State officials worked with Bank of America to make sure these benefits didn’t belong to people with legitimate claims who were just having trouble activating their cards. Once satisfied, the government took the money back.

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