May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month in Ohio and the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services is spreading the word that "Fraud Costs All of Us." With support from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Franklin County JFS is encouraging the public to report suspected public assistance fraud through a public awareness campaign.
In 2014, the agency was ranked sixth in the state for collecting Food Assistance benefits that were improperly issued. The most common type of fraud cases that were investigated by Franklin County included failure to report employment and/or a household member during the application process for public assistance benefits.
Public Assistance fraud is a crime. The consequences of committing fraud may include removal from the program, repayment of improperly obtained benefits, potential criminal charges and possible jail time. Residents of Franklin County may report suspected public assistance fraud by calling Franklin County JFS at 614.233.2095 or visiting http://jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/ReportFraud.