Unemployment fraud, overpayments tops $2.1 billion in Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Ohio has paid more than $ 2.1 billion in fraudulent unemployment claims and overpayments since March 2020, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services said Monday.

From March 2020 to March 2021, fraud cases were $ 462 million, while overpayments were $ 1.6 billion, according to state unemployment officials.

Ohio paid more than $ 2.1 billion in fraudulent jobless claims and overpayments.(Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services)

Since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, Ohio has borrowed $ 1.5 billion from the government after the state ran out of money last summer.

Governor Mike DeWine announced last week that the additional $ 300 in federal unemployment benefits will expire on June 26, 2021.

“It’s clear that with the pandemic shutdown, workers are no longer unemployed,” said Matt Damschroder, interim director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. “Federal aid, the extra $ 300 a week, is now preventing some people from returning to work. This support should only be temporary. “

The state reports fraud to the Inspector General’s Department of Labor.

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