Former U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott has been named as a special counsel.
Scott has been appointed to help coordinate investigations into California’s massive unemployment fraud scandal which began at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott will serve as fraud special counsel to help coordinate the prosecution of fraud cases involving phony claims to the state’s Employment Development Program. The Employment Development Department has implemented safeguards to detect fraud and identity theft, including using a new identity verification tool and cross-checking applications against law enforcement databases from Thompson Reuters, department officials said in a statement.
“McGregor Scott has led numerous large-scale criminal probes in his many years as a state and federal prosecutor — experience that will help put criminal who defrauded the system behind bars,” Employment Development Department Director Rita Saenz said.