May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month
Ashtabula – May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month in Ohio, and Ashtabula County Job & family Services (ACJFS) is spreading the word that “Fraud Costs All of Us”.
ACJFS is promoting awareness through advertisements, news feeds, informational banners, mailings and posters.
In 2017, the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services disbursed about $2.2 billion in SNAP food assistance, $238 million in Ohio Works First cash assistance and nearly $632 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 our agency takes even the smallest fraud cases very seriously”, stated Patrick Arcaro, ACJFS Executive Director.
“Applicants and recipients of public assistance programs are encouraged to report their circumstances accurately and timely to avoid facing potential criminal charges, program disqualification and/or repayment of benefits issues improperly”, Arcaro said.
Residents of Ashtabula County may report suspected public assistance fraud by calling Ashtabula County Job & Family Services at (440) 994-1200, or by going to www.jfs.ohio.gov/fraud.
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If you would like to apply for assistance or to report a change you may do so by accessing the State of Ohio Online Benefit Tool at ODJFS Online at ODJFS Online.
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