What is public assistance fraud?
- Public assistance fraud is intentionally lying about income or circumstances in order to receive benefits, and/or the failure to reveal information which affects eligibility for benefits
What are the different types of public assistance fraud?
- Child care provider fraud - for example, a provider billing the county for child care services that weren't provided
- Child care assistance fraud
- SNAP recipient fraud --for example, a person failing to report income or employment, or a person failing to report their spouse/significant other in the home
- SNAP store fraud - for example, a storeowner knowingly accepting Food Assistance benefits in exchange for alcohol, tobacco, or other non-food items
- Medicaid Provider fraud - for example, a doctor's office billing Medicaid for services that were not performed
- Medicaid recipient fraud
- OWF (Cash Assistance) recipient fraud
Who can report public assistance fraud?
- ANYONE can report public assistance fraud anonymously to LCJFS
How can I report public assistance fraud?
- E-mail us by selecting the Fraud Department on the following link: http://www.lcdjfs.com/contact-us
- E-mail the State using the following website: http://jfs.ohio.gov/fraud/index.stm
Print off the Fraud Reporting Form and submit to LCJFS
Call the LCJFS Call Center at (440) 284-4300 and tell the Customer Service Specialist that you want to report a fraud claim
Toll-Free, call LCJFS at 1-800-808-2991 and ask for the Public Assistance Fraud Unit.