COLUMBUS—State Senator Bill Reineke
(R-Tiffin) announced today the introduction of Senate Bill 116
, which would improve the safeguards in place to prevent fraudulent unemployment claims. This bill is designed with two primary goals: to ensure that those who desperately need assistance get it faster and more reliably and prevent fraudulent unemployment claims.
Ohio has currently paid out at least $330 million in fraudulent unemployment claims. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services recently reported
that of the 140,444 new claims filed between January 31 and February 6, 44,000 claims have been flagged as fraudulent.
“Ohio is currently in the midst of a fraud crisis. Millions of dollars in unemployment claims have been paid out to individuals seeking to defraud the state and leaving those who need it most without a lifeline,” Reineke said. “We must ensure that our limited resources are going to the Ohioans who truly need our support.”
Senate Bill 116 would require a person who is eligible for state unemployment benefits or pandemic unemployment assistance to provide proof of identification at a local employment office before payments can begin. This could be done with a driver’s license or any two of the documents required to apply for a license that contain the applicants name and address.
To learn more about Senate Bill 116, click here