Columbus is host to the National Hockey League All Star game this week-end. The NHL showcase will bring thousands fans and visitors to the city as well as international media attention.
Unemployment Fraud Costs Ohio More Than $30 Million
Ohio officials say fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits have cost the state nearly $32 million in the last 12 months.
The state Department of Job and Family Services announced the figures Tuesday as it introduced a new website where tipsters who suspect fraud can report it anonymously.
The department says most of the cheating occurs when people try to collect unemployment while they’re working or after they’re gone back to work.
Last year, the state recovered more than $9.8 million in unemployment money that had been received fraudulently, out of $5 billion in benefits paid out.
More than 150 people were convicted of unemployment theft or similar charges.