Identity Theft in Unemployment Benefits

LFC Comments: Thanks to Ohio State Representative Nathan Manning for this information.

State Senator Nathan Manning
13th Senate District

As you may have heard, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is reporting a disturbingly high incidence of fraudulent claims in Ohio’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program. Many Ohioans who did not apply for unemployment benefits have started to receive 1099 tax forms from ODJFS for fraudulent claims made on their behalf using their stolen personal information.

Due to the gravity of this issue, I want to provide you with the necessary information you may need in case you or a family member receives a 1099-G for an unemployment claim you did not submit. First, I strongly encourage you to report the identity theft at by clicking on the “REPORT IDENTITY THEFT” button and completing the form. This will allow ODJFS to verify that the claim is indeed fraud, and help protect you from having to pay taxes on benefits you did not file or receive.

To protect yourself from fraud, I encourage you to review the resources available through the Ohio Attorney General’s website. Should you have any questions about what to do if you receive a 1099-G for an unemployment claim you did not make, or any questions about suspected unemployment fraud, please do not hesitate to contact my office.




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