May Is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month
May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month in Ohio, and Geauga Job and Family Services is spreading the word that “Fraud Costs All of Us.”
Each year, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services disburses more than $2 billion in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, more than $200 million in Ohio Works First cash assistance and more than $600 million in child care provider subsidies. Individuals who mislead caseworkers or provide false information on an application for benefits account for a very small percentage of the funding disbursed, but the department takes even the smallest fraud cases very seriously.
Applicants and recipients of public assistance programs are encouraged to report their circumstances accurately and timely in order to avoid facing potential criminal charges, program disqualification and repayment of benefits issued improperly. Residents of Geauga County may report suspected public assistance fraud by calling (440) 285-9141 or going to www.jfs.ohio.gov/fraud.