California EDD employee blows whistle, says closer to 600,000 not getting benefits (video)Submitted by fonzdrew on Sat, 09/21/2013 - 19:14
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Thousands of struggling Californians were promised they would get paid their money by this weekend after a computer glitch delayed their unemployment payments.
But some of those payments still haven’t come. Now, a state worker is speaking out, claiming the Employment Development Department isn’t admitting just how bad the problem is.
The EDD worker was so scared to go on camera to reveal the truth, so CBS13 agreed to hide the worker’s identity.
The employee says instead of thousands, it’s hundreds of thousands of people who haven’t gotten their money on time.
Victoria Ford is forced to live on just 71 cents as she waits for EDD to deposit her unemployment money like the agency promised.
EDD spokesperson Loree Levy told CBS13 on Friday that thousands of struggling people who haven’t received their benefits could expect payment Saturday.
EDD tells people to expect 10 days to get their unemployment money. But thousands say those 10 days have come and gone, and they’re still waiting.
“They told me once before 24 to 48 hours,” said Ford. “They told you guys that they were going to have it this weekend. It’s still not here.”
Ford has now waited for 12 days.
“The program has to be fixed first before they can ever get their money,” the anonymous EDD employee said.
According to the employee, EDD isn’t telling the public the full story, saying the agency is only telling the truth when it says a computer glitch is to blame for the delay. The worker says EDD isn’t admitting just how bad the problem is.
While EDD says 28,000 people are affected, the employee claims the real number may be closer to 600,000.
“Either they don’t know the full facts or they don’t want to admit it,” the employee said.
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