How to Report Ohio Unemployment Fraud


If you want to know how to report unemployment fraud, you must first be sure that someone is committing unemployment fraud. In the state of Ohio it is a crime to knowingly collect unemployment benefits that you are not eligible to receive, and this is considered unemployment fraud. BUT, it is very important to note that IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO WORK WHILE YOU ARE COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.

You may be able to work at a job and make a certain amount of money while still collecting unemployment benefits. When you apply for unemployment, this amount will be determined, and how this works will be explained to you by your unemployment counselor.

If you do work while you are collecting unemployment benefits, it is VERY important that you follow the rules given to you by your unemployment counselor, which includes reporting where you work, how much you make every week, etc.

If you suspect someone of committing unemployment fraud, you can contact the unemployment office to report them. You may be able to remain anonymous, or you may have to give your name and contact information to report them.

When you make your report, be sure to give as much detailed information as possible, including the following:

  • Their name
  • Their address
  • Their phone number
  • Where they are working
  • How much money they're making

If you know that someone is committing unemployment fraud, you can report them by contacting your local unemployment office.

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# Paula 2010-12-30 07:48
I work for a lady that is collecting unemployment from her brothers business, she and he is saying she is laid off so she can collect benefits. However she still works for him doing his books and she also owns the store where I work. So my question is, Is she committing fraud. I don't see how she is a business owner and still working for her brother and collecting the benefits. Her brother and the store in which she owns she is getting cash (under the table) for her pay. I have asked her about this and she said that's why she gets paid cash so she can still get her unemployment. I just don't think it's fair and I want to report her but I am not sure if I can.
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# brent 2011-01-19 21:03
I work with a guy who is on welfare and his children receive medicaid, our company allows us to work as much overtime as there is work. My coworker constantly misses work or leaves early and he finally told someone that the reason he only works so many hours is to make sure he stays on welfare by only making a certain amount of money. A large number of us were recently laid off and I have since been called back. He claims he was offered a job but turned it down to stay laid off hoping to come back to our company (he also had more reasons to decline the job- most of them to avoid being home with his wife/children). He is still collecting unemployment. Can you please let me know how many welfare/medicaid/unemployment rules he is breaking.
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# brent 2011-01-19 21:08
I worked with a guy 3 years ago and he was fired due to negligence, laziness, and carelessness. He filed for unemployment (not sure if it was from our company or a previous employer). He is still receiving unemployment benefits to this day! He does NOT apply for work, lives at home still, and is even paying off a car with his unemployment benefits. He always says he is looking for work but makes no attempts. After seeing his laziness at work I am tired of hearing about his lavish lifestyle funded by my tax dollars! Please advise me as to what I should do. thanks!
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# Stacey 2011-05-04 08:41
i used to live with someone that owns his own buisness and would work jobs but some weeks were not as steady as others but he still continued to claim unemployeement whether he was working slow or not!! i told him this was wrong but he always said by god i pay into it they can help me out! i have always felt this was wrong but my opinion never mattered. i think it is so wrong for someone to work under the table and get away with it. i go to work everyday and bust my behind for what nuthing for him to claim this as a income what is the point i could do the same thing then i would be no different from anyone else in this world that lives on the system that does the same thing... this world has enough problem with out this adding to it
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# David 2011-05-11 15:42
I am trying to give a tip that Im almost certain that someone I know is not reporting work she is doing while collecting un-employment. She is a army reserve soldier and works one weekend a month and sure she is not reporting it as income. It is not separation pay or veterans pay. It is actually military pay with a paycheck. If I report it and theres the tiny chance Im wrong, will I be prosecuted? Im just asking if someone could look into the matter and they probably will find that she is cheating the system to a small degree.
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# Lo 2012-01-09 19:57
David she does not have to claim regular pay.
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# Tasha 2011-06-18 19:08
The father of my two kids is working under the table & collecting unemployment. Is this Fraud?
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# Stephanie 2011-10-31 11:51
if i am collecting unemployment, and i fall in my home and break my ankle, and the doctor says i am medically unable to work...can i still collect unemployment?
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# Sam 2012-07-09 13:54
I know someone who is on unemployment, however, he was on "vacation" in Arizona and California for 2 to 3 months. I know when I was on unemployment I was denied a week because I told them in a phone converstaion that I was "out of town". Well my "out of town" was less than 60 miles away and was for purpose of finding work.
So how could he have been looking for "work" when he was out West for 2 to 3 months? It is not fair when people collect unemployment who do not need it. His wife inherited a million dollars.
Please tell me if this is indeed fraud? Thank you.
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# jack 2012-12-20 19:31
I know of someone that has 4 kids and ofcourse his wife.His company lays him off every year at around the same time,he continues to work for them and pays no taxes then collects unemployment,fo od stamps ect.his wife works and they claim to be either seperated or you think this is fraud
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# Kevin 2013-02-08 10:38
I worked for a company that allowed their employees to work while collecting unemployment benifits. This company was bought and the new owners had no money to pay these employees and agreed to pay them one lump sum two months down the road. They paid no taxes and collected benefits with the encouragement of the company to do so. I believe it was the company that commited fraud and something needs done before they do it again.
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# Mary 2013-04-29 23:13
I know someone that is collecting unemployment benefits while they are incarcerated. Is this legal? I know they are not working, but it just doesn't seem legal.
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# Willie 2013-06-24 17:34
I know someone that is collecting unemployment benefits while they are incarcerated and I know it is not legal.
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