Facing a $32 million figure for unemployment theft over the last 12 months, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced a new initiative to combat the rising tide. It has introduced a new website where anonymous tips may be left by those who suspect unemployment fraud, such as an individual continuing to collect benefits while working.
ODJFS already has a fraud unit dedicated to investigating allegations of fraud. Those caught receiving fraudulent benefits are subject to criminal penalties as well as penalties against any future unemployment claims. ODJFS’s fraud website is located at: https://unemployment.ohio.gov/fraud.