How to Report Fraud
★ ALERT: UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FRAUD ★
The Auditor of State’s office has received a high volume of complaints from
Ohioans that a fraudulent unemployment claim has been filed in their name or using
their identifying information. If you believe your identity has been stolen and used
to file a fraudulent unemployment claim, visit unemployment.ohio.gov, click on the
“Report Identity Theft” button, and complete the reporting form provided by
the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Auditor of State Keith Faber takes the misuse and misappropriation
of public money seriously, and is devoted to raising awareness of it among all Ohio residents.
Tips or complaints of fraud in Ohio’s governments may be made at any time by any public employee or private citizen. Fraud may be reported by using this website, U.S. Mail, the Auditor of State’s Fraud Hotline, and the Ohio Stops Fraud iPhone app.
Ohio Revised Code Section 117.103 requires all public employers to notify employees of the methods of reporting fraud, including doing so anonymously. New hires must, within 30 days of hire, verify in writing that they have been advised of the system, and the Auditor of State’s office will verify compliance with the law during regular audits. The Auditor of State's office has created a Fraud Reporting Model Form to help employers comply with these statuorial requirments.
Also established in ORC §117.103 is a public log of fraud reports, which includes the date of the report, the entity complained of, the nature of the complaint and the status of the review of the complaint.
Since 2011, the Auditor of State's office has been involved in convicting more than 150 government officials of fraud or wrongdoing. Go here to see a map locating these convictions.
Fraud Report Public Log
The Fraud Report Public Log includes the date of the fraud report, the entity complained of, the nature of the complaint and the status of the review of the complaint. To access the Fraud Log, contact the Open Government Unit at email@example.com or 866-Fraud-OH.
* PLEASE NOTE: Under Ohio law, complaint forms or letters may at some time become "public records" subject to disclosure under the Ohio Public Records Act. Documents that are deemed to be public records are available to the public, including the media, upon request for review, copying, and release. Since the Internet is not secure, we urge you to send personal identifying information (for example, Social Security number, bank account numbers, or credit card numbers) by U.S. mail rather than via the Internet. When doing so, please reference the complaint number that will be assigned to you. Please be sure to send copies of supporting documents, not the originals.