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Surge In Unemployment Claims Means Rise In Fraud As Well

Feb 4, 2021

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Kim Henderson.

Fraud in Ohio's unemployment system cost the state more than $330 million in the fourth quarter of last year.

And there could still be fraud among more than a quarter of a million claims flagged this summer. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

 Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Kim Henderson says $2.3 million was paid to 2,200 fraudulent claims in October and November. But then in December…

"We identified 56,000 overpayments in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program. This equates to a total of $330 million.”

Henderson says around 100,000 claims in the non-traditional federally funded pandemic assistance program were deemed fraudulent. As many as 119,000 claims among more than a quarter million identified as possibly fraudulent last summer are still under review. Some 70,000 people have reported identity theft to the ODJFS website.