Unemployment claim made in Scott Peterson's name

Marco Green
November 25, 2020

"Unemployment fraud across local jails and state and federal prison is absolutely unacceptable", said the governor, who announced his own task force to aid district attorneys and coordinate state anti-fraud efforts.

Murderer Scott Peterson, convicted in 2004 of killing his pregnant wife Lacy, was one of the recipients, according to prosecutors.

FILE: from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Scott Peterson.

Schubert stated that California has paid out at $140 million in benefits and at least 158 claims were filed for 133 inmates on death row. Another $400,000 went to death row inmates including Isauro Aguirre (who murdered an 8-year-old boy), and Cary Stayner (who killed two women and two girls).

Fox News has reached out to Peterson's lawyers with a request for comment. In 2005, he was sentenced to death by lethal injection but his death penalty was overturned this past August.

Recorded phone calls at the prisons exposed the fraud as multiple inmates bragged about collecting benefits.

Newsom issued a statement thanking the district attorneys "for their commitment to resolving this issue", according to The New York Times.

Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer said that her office discovered $16 million of alleged fraud in her county, and that she had never seen anything of this scope in her 36 years as a prosecutor. "I directed the Employment Development Department to review its practices and to take immediate actions to prevent fraud and to hold people accountable when fraud is not prevented".

Prosecutors say the scam involves people outside of prison filing claims on behalf of the inmates.

"In my almost four decades I have never seen fraud of this magnitude", Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer said.

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