New unemployment fraud penalties set

New penalties have taken effect for unemployment claimants who commit fraud, and for employers whose inaction leads to benefits being paid in error, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

According to a new law that took effect last month, claimants who commit fraud will be fined 25 percent of the total amount collected fraudulently in addition to repaying the collected amount and facing possible criminal charges.

In addition, the law requires ODJFS to charge employers who repeatedly fail to respond to requests for information about an unemployment compensation claimant.

To be eligible for unemployment compensation, individuals must have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.