Audit Finds $3.8 Billion in Ohio Unemployment Overpayments, Fraud Amid Pandemic

An antiquated IT system pushed into overdrive when businesses were ordered shut down at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic helped fuel as much as $3.3 billion in unemployment overpayments and $475 million in criminal fraud activity at the Ohio Department of Family Services.

Ohio Auditor Keith Faber on Thursday released the full audit following an investigation launched after the department’s previous management initially failed to disclose risk factors and the magnitude of  fraud in the unemployment system as the number of Ohioans filing claims quickly  rose to record levels.

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