Scott Peterson received unemployment funds while on Death Row in huge COVID aid scam

Convicted murderer Scott Peterson is among thousands of California prison inmates who have received COVID-19 relief funds in a massive federal aid scam.  

In what is being reported as “the most significant fraud on taxpayer funds in California history,” more than $140 million in unemployment benefits were sent to over 35,000 inmates in California’s 38 prisons.  

Peterson’s unemployment claim was uncovered during a fraud probe by state and federal prosecutors that revealed 158 claims were filed on behalf of 133 death row inmates. 

It is unclear if Peterson submitted the claim directly, or was a victim of identity theft. Prosecutors declined to comment on how much money was associated with the convicted murder’s claim.   

Several infamous murderers also had claims filed in their names, including Susan Eubanks, who was convicted of killing her four children, and Cary Stayner who slayed four at Yosemite National Park.   

Peterson has been imprisoned on death row since he was sentenced in 2005 for the murder of his pregnant wife Laci and unborn son Connor, whose gruesome deaths garnered national attention after their bodies were found months later in San Francisco Bay.

In August, Peterson’s death sentence was overturned, but he remains on death row at San Quentin State Prison while prosecutors retry the penalty portion of his case and determine a new sentence.  

Prosecutors were alerted to the pandemic fraud when loose-lipped inmates were caught boasting about how they were scamming the system on the inside, as California does not cross-check unemployment claims against prison records.   

 Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said, “Quite frankly, the inmates are mocking us.”

Governor Gavin Newsom formed a task force to crack down on the problem as of Tuesday. “Unemployment fraud across local jails and state and federal prisons is absolutely unacceptable,” he stated.  

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Bernie 99
Bernie 99
2 months ago

If the Democrats think fraud is “absolutely unacceptable”, why do they set it up so it can happen and why haven’t they actually done something about it other than talk? Oh, yeah. Now I remember. It buys votes.

Janice E. Prescott
Janice E. Prescott
2 months ago
Reply to  Bernie 99

Boy Bernie you hit that nail on the head. Power and votes. To hell with all us people out here.

Arjay
Arjay
2 months ago
Reply to  Bernie 99

Because these are the same people who allow and PROMOTE election fraud!

Eliot
Eliot
2 months ago
Reply to  Bernie 99

The ones who do the fraud ARE the votes!!!

stevo
stevo
2 months ago
Reply to  Bernie 99

i thought they don’t have a death penalty.well the dumb liberals are getting just what they voted for!

Thomas Bodine
Thomas Bodine
2 months ago
Reply to  Bernie 99

Democrats never create anything but a nanny state the free sh+t for votes plan.

Janice E. Prescott
Janice E. Prescott
2 months ago

Doesn’t anybody check this stuff out? That’s the taxpayers dollars going for these creeps. Start checking before you pay them, please. This money could be going to legitimate people. So disgusting.

Arjay
Arjay
2 months ago

You mean like ILLEGAL ALIENS?!

Arjay
Arjay
2 months ago

But there is NO ELECTION FRAUD in kalifornication!!
Hahahahahahahahaha!

Dennis Anderson
2 months ago

Why are we still feeding Peterson?

Camille
2 months ago

The Democrats aren’t doing their jobs. I haven’t figured out if they are that dumb or just lazy.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
2 months ago

What will Newsom do besides pass a law or make another executive order that even lawful citizens ignore? The voters? They’ll swoon after they heap praise on and continue to elect these wonderful leaders of a state that’s sinking faster than the Titanic. Dumb on the outside keeps the inmates happily occupied. Good grief.

Eliot
Eliot
2 months ago

Hilarious…..
The inmates are truly running the asylum….
AND THEY ARE SMARTER!!!!!!!!!!!
I reached out to several people I know in California and asked them what they thought of this latest taxpayer scam and ALL responded the same.
They all replied…,,”Party on dude.”
I’ll tell you, those Californians truly are America’s future!!! lol lol lol lol lol lol

Russ Remmert
Russ Remmert
2 months ago
Reply to  Eliot

God help us

Thomas Blackwell
Thomas Blackwell
2 months ago

Newsom. a day late and a dollar short as always, what a twit.

Ellen
2 months ago

It is very scary to think that our system can be penetrated by people that are in prison, with no access to just about anything can scam the US government so easily! Amazing the stupidity that is some portions of our government workings !

Thomas Bodine
Thomas Bodine
2 months ago

Where are all the lefties and Biden voters who scream about GOP corruption, nowhere like his election results.

Tony Winters
Tony Winters
2 months ago

How many more people got money that they should not have gotten? How much of our Tax Money went to people and businesses that should not have gotten a single dime? One rule was that a business had to be under some number of employees and yet individual restaurants that belong to a chain Like Ruth Christ applied and got money because the individual restaurants had less than that number of employees. Instead of just a slap on the wrist companies like this should have been charged with defrauding the government.

tractor man
tractor man
2 months ago

Figures, And they still claim voter fraud doesn’t exist.

Mikey
Mikey
2 months ago

Fraud and waste in a federal program. What a shock…

Russ Remmert
Russ Remmert
2 months ago

social media and DNC so corrupt that we are lucky to be alive