He knew the relief plan would be irresistible to scam artists and especially tempting to organized transnational criminal groups. California alone accounts for a whopping $20 billion in pandemic unemployment-insurance fraud. Thousands of potential victims, not to mention all of the folks who desperately needed the money and couldn’t get it. He has traveled the world, protected our top elected officials, and busted a lot of scam artists. Johnson says the CARES Act crimes were too easy and the window too wide: “For six months, every single fraudster on the planet pivoted to unemployment fraud.