The Fraud Unit of the Clermont County Department of Job Family Services was created to reduce fraud in all public assistance programs. The Unit accepts referrals and conducts investigations on all reports of possible fraud with the goal of prevention, detection and prosecution. To report Fraud contact:
Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services
Investigation/Benefit Recovery Unit
2400 Clermont Center Drive
Batavia, Ohio 45103
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
The Fraud Hotline:
- Prevention: Keeping fraud from happening in the first place. The Early Detection and Prevention (EDP) program allows the caseworker to refer cases that are error-prone to the Fraud Unit for review. Review of these cases can tell if the customer is reporting false information to receive benefits they are not eligible to receive and ensures that the eligibility determination is correct.
- Detection: Finding out, through the review process, that fraud has occurred. Fraud can be found in an open or closed case, and can affect benefits received under single or multiple programs.
- Referral for Prosecution: Once there is proof that fraud has occurred, a referral is made to the County Prosecutor. The county prosecutor will review the case to make a determination if the client will be prosecuted.
This Benefit Recovery Unit is responsible for the collection of overpayments. There are (3) methods of repayment.
- If the individual(s) is on assistance, their allotment is reduced by 10% – 20% (OWF and Food Stamps only).
- Agreement to make monthly payments. The Benefit Recovery unit is also able to recover past-due overpayments through federal or Ohio State Income Tax refunds relative to guidelines set forth by the Ohio Dept. of Job & Family Services.
- Referral to the Prosecutor for possible Criminal or Civil action.
To report welfare fraud click the link below.