What can you do if you have reason to believe that your former employee is back to work, but at the same time is still receiving unemployment benefits that are being charged to your Unemployment Compensation account? In Ohio, you now have five different ways to report it to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS):
- Online: https://unemployment.ohio.gov/fraud
- Email: mailto:[email protected]
- Telephone: 800-686-1555
- Facsimile: 614-752-4808
- U.S. Mail: Benefit Payment Control, P.O. Box 1618, Columbus, Ohio 43219
If ODJFS determines that it overpaid benefits to an employee who has engaged in fraudulent activity, the employee will be required to repay benefits and may also be criminally prosecuted. Overpaid benefits will also be credited to the employers’ accounts that were originally charged for the benefits.
We suggest that you consult with legal counsel to discuss the basis of your belief that fraud has occurred to help avoid any potential liability should the former employee file suit against you claiming defamation or retaliation.