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May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month

Monday, May 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Samantha Porter
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"TROY — May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month in Ohio, and the Miami County Department of Job and Family Services is spreading the word that “Fraud Costs All of Us.”

"In 2015, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services disbursed about $2.5 billion in SNAP food assistance, $259 million in Ohio Works First cash assistance and $573 million in child care subsidies.

"Individuals who mislead caseworkers or lie on an application for benefits account for a very small percentage of the funding disbursed, but the department takes even the smallest fraud cases very seriously.

"Fraud Awareness Month is especially significant for Miami County Department of Job and Family Services this year as it coincides with the six-month anniversary of adding a second fraud investigator to the staff. The additional fraud investigator position has given Miami County the ability to actively pursue referrals of possible fraud within the county..."

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