Ohio Unemployment Fraud Cases Double Over 5 Years

The number of fraudulent claims for unemployment insurance benefits and inadvertent overpayments more than doubled in Ohio since the recession began as the number of jobless workers claiming benefits rose.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says having more money and people in the system creates more opportunity for fraud.

The Dayton Daily News reports that more people claiming benefits legitimately led to more laid-off workers continuing to collect benefits when they no longer qualified and more false claims going undetected for months because of the state’s overwhelming caseload.

Last year, Ohio recovered $9.4 million in overpaid benefits and fraudulent claims from about 50,000 claimants. That compares with $7.2 million recovered from about 22,000 people in 2007.

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