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Schmidt Urges Residents to Protect Themselves from Unemployment Identity Fraud

January 28, 2021
Republican Newsroom

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jean Schmidt (R-Miami Twp.) today reminded Ohioans of an online fraud form provided by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (JFS) to provide guidance to Ohioans who have been a victim of identity fraud with unemployment claims.

The online portal provides Ohioans with a way to easily notify JFS if they believe their identity has been stolen. According to JFS, their department will issue 1.7 million 1099-G tax forms this month, and it is likely that some Ohioans will receive the tax form stating they received unemployment benefits when they in fact did not. 

“This is a widespread problem and I want to make sure my constituents and all Ohioans are taking the necessary steps to protect themselves from these fraudulent claims,” said Schmidt.  “Criminals are working overtime to take advantage of this pandemic and signing you up for unemployment while they cash the checks is just another brazen way to line their pockets.”  

Earlier this month, Schmidt received fraudulent paperwork at her home in Miami Township regarding an unemployment claim.  She urges everyone to report these actions so that these funds can be recovered and the credit and identity of constituents isn’t compromised.  

The Ohio Attorney General offers educational material for Ohioans who believe they have been a victim of identity theft. To access these resources, click here. Additionally, individuals can receive a free credit report here.

Ohioans who believe their identity has been stolen and used to file a fraudulent unemployment claim should visit