BREAKING NEWS – Sacramento, California – California’s state auditor this week slammed the Employment Development Department (EDD) for its failure to help hundreds of thousands of unemployed residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic while sending billions to inmates and scammers.

The report outlines the EDD’s inadequate handling of a surge in claims for unemployment insurance after the government ordered businesses to close and residents to stay home in response to the pandemic.

The EDD responded to the criticism. “We are not judgmental,” they said in a statement. “And we do not think we should be looked down upon, simply because we made an arbitrary decision to make a priority, killers and crooks.”