Public Assistance Fraud

Fraud & Benefit Recovery

The Fraud and Benefit Recovery Unit of Miami County Department of Job and Family Services prevents and detects fraudulent use of public assistance benefits, helping to make sure funds are available for those who need help. The Fraud and Benefit Recovery Unit are committed to investigating allegations of fraud and pursuing collections from the recipient of an overpayment. Depending on the severity of the fraud and overpayment, the case may be referred to the Prosecutor’s office for review and possible criminal prosecution.

If you suspect public assistance fraud, call the Fraud Unit at 937-440-3471 or report suspected fraud online.

What happens if an individual is found guilty of OWF (Cash) Public Assistance Fraud?

  • The individual and entire household will not be allowed to receive cash again until the claim (overpayment is paid in full) if he or she has been in receipt of OWF (cash) and it has been determined to be an Intentional Program Violation (IPV)
  • Prosecution, made to make restitution as well as subject to court fines, and/or incarceration

What happens if an individual is found guilty of Food Stamp (SNAP) Public Assistance Fraud?

Food stamp (SNAP) disqualifications are applied to the individual only and the offense applied is dependent on the disqualification in effect at the time of the offense:

  • The first violation is 12 months disqualification
  • The second offense is 24 months of disqualification
  • The third offense is permanent disqualification

What happens if an individual is out of state receiving Food Stamp (SNAP) Assistance?

The individual would be subject to a 10 year disqualification for stating or misrepresenting his/her identity or place of residence.

Public Assistance Fraud:

In accordance with section 5101.83 of the Revised Code “fraudulent assistance” means the assistance and services, including cash assistance provided under the OWF program established under Chapter 5107 of the Revised Code, or Prevention, Retention, Contingency (PRC) program established under Chapter 5108 of the Revised Code, to or on behalf of an assistance group that is provided as a result of fraud by a member of the assistance group, including an intentional violation of the program’s requirements.

Selling or Buying Food Stamps is Illegal!

To Report Suspected Public Assistance Fraud Call: 937-440-3471 or

Report Suspected Public Assistance Fraud online.