Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) announced that starting this Friday, October 1, Ohioans who have been victims of unemployment account takeovers – which happens when a criminal gains access to a legitimate claimant’s account and reroutes the payments from the intended recipient – can start the process for having their payments reimbursed.
“I have heard from hundreds of Ohioans who did not receive the unemployment benefits they were eligible for because their accounts were taken over. Today, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced a process for these individuals to finally receive their payments. Ohioans who have been affected by this problem can call 1-877-644-6562 to request reimbursement, then an affidavit will be sent to the individual to fill out. Although ODJFS indicated they do not know how long processing of these cases will take, my hope is that this process will move in a timely manner to allow individuals and families to receive the money they were eligible for. Additionally, ODJFS must securely maintain Ohioans’ personal information now and in the future. We must continue to address issues within our unemployment compensation system to ensure that it is working for all Ohioans.”