Crime Threats Drain CalFresh, CalWORKs Funds Californians Need

Californians who depend on two state aid programs with food and other resources have had their accounts drained as a result of fraud perpetrated by organized crime gangs. The state has done little to resolve the issue, a source close to the investigation told KCRA 3 Investigates. Barry Montoya said he received his benefit last month, but when he tried to withdraw his money from the ATM, he realized that his CalFresh and CalWORKs benefits had been used up. “I will receive my benefit on July 3,” said Montoya. “I checked my account and it said $221, but an hour later I went to an ATM to withdraw money and they said I didn’t have enough money.” Montoya, who lives in Southern California, emailed KCRA 3 Investigates after he came across stories we’d done about “Golden State Advantage” card skimming. He said he was told by Los Angeles County, which distributes the funds for his welfare and food stamps. The problem with filling out police reports is that the fraudsters used his card all over Southern California. “It was in three different cities where you know, I mean filed a report in Rancho Cucamonga – I know I don’t know if you’re familiar with LA, but you know Montclair and East LA (that’s) three different places I’d have to go — to three different police departments,” Montoya explained. The State Department of Social Services didn’t say how much money has been lost, leaving people like Montoya with no choice but to try the system on its own.The source close to the investigation tells KCRA 3 that California will receive $3m in March billion a month because of this fraud. To add to the list of charges, Montoya said he had received a notification that there was a system error and that the county had deducted money stolen from his old card from his new debit card, leaving him overdrawn on benefits paid. he never received. KCRA 3 contacted DSS on Friday and gave the department until Monday afternoon to respond to what is happening with the “Golden State Advantage” cards. The department has not responded to our request for comment.

Californians who depend on two state aid programs with food and other resources have had their accounts drained as a result of fraud perpetrated by organized crime gangs. The state has done little to resolve the issue, a source close to the investigation told KCRA 3 Investigates.

Barry Montoya said he received his benefit last month, but when he tried to withdraw his money from the ATM, he realized that his CalFresh and CalWORKs benefits had been used up.

“I will receive my benefit on July 3,” said Montoya. “I checked my account and it said $221, but an hour later I went to an ATM to withdraw money and they said I didn’t have enough funds.”

Montoya lives in Southern California and emailed KCRA 3 Investigates after he came across stories we’d done about skimming “Golden State Advantage” cards. He said he was told by Los Angeles County, which distributes the funds for his welfare and food stamps, to file police reports.

The problem with filling out police reports is that the fraudsters used his card all over Southern California.

“It was in three different cities where you know, I mean filed a report in Rancho Cucamonga – I don’t know if you’re familiar with LA, but you know Montclair and East LA (that’s) three different places I should go — to three different police departments,” Montoya explained.

The State Department of Social Services didn’t say how much money was lost, leaving people like Montoya with no choice but to try and figure out the system themselves. The source close to the investigation tells KCRA 3 that California lost $3 million a month in March due to this fraud.

To add to the list of charges, Montoya said he had received a notification that there was a system error and that the county had deducted money stolen from his old card from his new debit card, leaving him overdrawn on benefits paid. he never received.

KCRA 3 contacted DSS on Friday and gave the department until Monday afternoon to respond to what is happening with the “Golden State Advantage” cards. The department has not responded to our request for comment.

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