© 2022 Cincinnati Public Radio
purple_waveback6.png
Connecting You to a World of Ideas
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Victims Of Identity Theft Concerned About Unemployment Benefit Fraud Cases

Nate Eppink, Medina
Nate Eppink, Medina

Some victims of unemployment fraud in recent months are starting to worry they will be on the hook to pay taxes for money they didn’t receive.

Medina resident Nate Eppink says he was sitting at his desk at the park district where he works one day last month when his business manager walked in.  

“And she looked like she had seen a ghost. And she said, ‘Did you file for unemployment?," Eppink says.

 

He hadn’t. But it turns out someone stole some of his personal information and filed for unemployment in his name. He’s not alone. Others in the area have also found out their identities are being used to collect unemployment. As the agency continues to pay it, he’s concerned. 

 

“I certainly don’t want to end up paying taxes on a benefit I’m not receiving.” Eppink says. 

 

The director of the Ohio Dept of Job and Family Services, Kim Henderson, acknowledges the problem. 

 

“We do know that fraud is an ongoing issue nationwide in this space.”  

 

Henderson said the agency is taking steps to address unemployment fraud situations.

 

As for the fallout from stolen identity, she suggests victims of unemployment fraud contact the Ohio Attorney General’s office. She says that office can help out with problems that results from the stolen identity. She doesn't think victims will be liable for taxes on money they didn't receive but she says the attorney general's office would likely have more information on how to handle that situation.

Copyright 2020 The Statehouse News Bureau

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.