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Newspaper: Ohio overpays millions to jobless

Published: Fri, February 15, 2013 @ 12:50 p.m.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Out-of-work Ohioans collected almost $2.3 billion in state and federal unemployment compensation last year, though thousands of claims were over paid.

A Dayton Daily News analysis of unemployment compensation data found one in five claims filed by Montgomery County residents resulted in an overpayment in 2012. The newspaper reports that the fraud totaled more than $2 million.

Statewide, more than 110,000 claims saw over payments for a total of $87.3 million last year. Ohio also recovered $43 million in overpaid funds in 2012.

An official with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the overpayment problem started during the recession when the state agency pushed to deliver timely benefits to tens of thousands of jobless Ohioans.

The department says many over payments are the result of honest mistakes.


1mrblue(1158 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

When people in grocery stores use 2 or more food stamp cards-----is that also a result of honest mistakes? I am NOT against food stamp cards, just those who abuse the system.

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2redeye1(5351 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

mrblue I have pushing for the state to put a photo on each card , so that the people using them can be ID. But that has fallen on deaf ears. Something about invasion of privacy.

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3jfgiancola(174 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

mrblue, how about this and the ebt card. I work at a dollar store and I know for a fact that people are using ebt cards to purchase large amounts of pop ( for resale at the arab stores) when it's on sale and if we have a weekly coupon. I tried to notify Job and Family Services but apparently they don't care.

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4TB(1167 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I saw someone buy a wedding cake with their card

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