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People need to be diligent in protecting against fraud, scams

Day said the Social Security Administration will only contact you through the mail about any issues with cards or accounts. The elderly are primary targets for Social Security scams as they “are often generous people,” he said.

The rampant number of fraudulent Ohio unemployment claims is likely to have an impact on state and federal taxes, but the state’s tax department and Job and Family Services are providing advice to those hundreds of thousands of people scammed. Those Ohioans may soon receive tax forms stating they collected unemployment benefits when they did not apply, nor received money.

Since March 2020, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has flagged roughly 44,000 out of 1.7 million new filings for traditional unemployment as potentially fraudulent. Of the 1.4 million filings for expanded pandemic unemployment — which is designed for self-employed people so doesn’t require employer verification — they have flagged about 796,000 claims.

The extension of expanded unemployment in December came with additional reporting requirements meant to reduce fraud. The ODJFS fraud unit has 141 employees and plans to increase that number to 183 by the end of March.

Social Security scams

The Social Security Administration has issued warnings to law enforcement about scams through email and phone calls. Here’s what the agency advice:

  • If it’s a phone call, hang up.
  • The Social Security Administration will never threaten you or suspend Social Security Number
  • Do not give money or personal information. The agency will never demand immediate payment or require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.
  • If it’s a Social Security scam, report it to OIG.SSA.GOV.

Unemployment fraud

Ohio Job and Family Services offers a three-step guide on what to do if people suspect they’re a victim of unemployment fraud:

  • Report it to unemploymenthelp.ohio.gov. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will issue a confirmation email to everyone who files a report with information about identity theft and protection, according to the agency. It will conduct investigations and if necessary issue corrections to the Internal Revenue Service on 1099s issued to victims.
  • Anyone who received an IRS form 1099-G stating they claimed benefits when they did not, does not need to report those benefits on their taxes, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation. The tax department says if people did not apply for unemployment benefits, they should not include it as income state and federal tax returns. A corrected 1099-G is not needed to file state or federal tax returns, but the state tax department advises people to obtain a corrected form to avoid a future IRS or Ohio Department of Taxation audit.
  • People should protect their identity:

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The zoning commission met that night to consider a zone change request from the trustees changing the zoning from B-1 to B-2, which is a condition on the sale."},{"_id":"NAJWC2VGPVDU3JURF3AWZDLEMQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612203485296},"type":"text","content":"Several neighbors spoke during the Zoom meeting voicing their opposition to the zone change, at the time no one seemed to be aware there is a potential buyer, CLGS Investments LLC, which is a holding company for Conexus Technologies."},{"_id":"EOUBVSJXH5FULDPBO3GKU4MWZI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612203485297},"type":"text","content":"According to its website Conexus is a small, global provider of cabling and connectivity products and professional services."},{"_id":"BXNDQCFEC5DMHOLDHTLGSWUJSE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[{"pos":93,"comment":"they "}],"comments":[],"_id":1612203485298},"type":"text","content":"Brianna Reese and her mother Robin live across the street from the four-acre parcel, and she told the Journal-News one of their chief concerns is changing the zoning classification that allows many more uses."},{"_id":"QB4BIN2EYBCIFLURUNSSJABTE4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612203485299},"type":"text","content":"“Once the township sells it then whoever buys it has the right to sell it to anybody else and as long as it’s within the zoning regulation whatever is allowed, then we lose control of what’s in our neighborhood,” Brianna said. “It doesn’t make any sense for it to be a business area. it’s clearly a zoning error that’s been in existence for several decades.”"},{"_id":"OQBEP3RGXZF37KH5KIQFQFRYAY","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":"MHUFJFFZJRFEVAFBVAAZBYJJ4Q"},"type":"interstitial_link","url":"https://www.journal-news.com/news/liberty-twp-to-sell-old-meeting-space-for-500k-plus/K5CYVCPPCBC4ZFO5EQIENA4ZME/","content":"Liberty Twp. to sell old meeting space for $500K-plus"},{"_id":"GOBFRP6JKFCEDJJQ6DTKHSHCQM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612203485300},"type":"text","content":"All five members of the zoning commission voted against the zone change but seemed amenable to considering a zone change with conditions. 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The neighbors are worried a gas station, convenience store or some other unsuitable business will come to that rural location."},{"_id":"N4LOQZOVTRBYZOBWJGZLPXSBPM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612213735988},"type":"text","content":"“I think they (staff) are talking with the buyer to see if there is any way to work with B1 zoning with what he wants to do there or whether it would change his offer,” Schramm said adding he doesn’t want to upset the residents. “We can always withdraw it and kind of go back to the drawing board on the whole process.”"},{"_id":"AQMIEVBUNJCCXIOJR5JZGUZRJM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612213735989},"type":"text","content":"Some of the neighbors would like the township to create green space or a park on the property, Megan Zimmerman-Oostdijck wrote a letter to the trustees suggesting they use the historic site that once was the first train station be turned into a library branch or some other community amenity."},{"_id":"YSWRUA2M2BBNHABTWHXHPW5DDU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612213735990},"type":"text","content":"“Please RECONSIDER selling this corner,” she wrote. “Please let those of us, who truly love it, submit ideas for its best use for a real community space.”"},{"_id":"7MLSS6DCMZD5ZLT4UET7FNZO4U","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1612213735991},"type":"text","content":"Trustee Tom Farrell said the township rezoned the site when it planned to build the new administration center there to B1, it was previously B-2 and M-1 so they are essentially bringing it back to it’s original zoning state, without the manufacturing option. 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The agency has a practice of giving kinship caregivers things they need like beds, sometimes they supplement their rent and vouchers for clothes."},{"_id":"J3LUWTDU3JAF7IGYGIYCUTCMXE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611944074878},"type":"text","content":"These relatives are also eligible to apply for financial assistance through public assistance, if they meet the guidelines, which is roughly $300 for the first child and amounts decrease for additional children. Gilbert said the kinship providers would not be able to receive the public assistance and the new state money."},{"_id":"WAUBPWOYPJBURBSCU62AEZ7GN4","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":"MBKAA7YYOBC5BCECBHOG2QVH3E"},"type":"interstitial_link","content":"Butler County watching for foster kids who aged out of system","url":"https://www.journal-news.com/news/butler-county-watching-for-foster-kids-who-aged-out-of-system/GHNOG7E3INF5RDBYFVLQIDBWDQ/"},{"_id":"PQJZDQFMKFHETBVNFN2PTWJC4I","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940695360},"type":"text","content":"Morrison said the agency could change its practice and stop giving temporary custody to the relatives so they would be eligible for the funds, but he believes that would not be in the best interest of the children."},{"_id":"M2VNZBFHCZCTFNQTCXWLHV4QHQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940695361},"type":"text","content":"“The advantage of the way we do it is you’re giving that relative the responsibility for the safety of the child by assigning them temporary custody,” Morrison said. “So there’s much more bonding and attachment with that, than if we have custody and then we control a lot more decisions about the child’s life. 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In Cuyahoga County the range is $615 to $2,371."},{"_id":"QZJIZBWMW5G3VO3P53HN2LA43A","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940695363},"type":"text","content":"“The new program offers grossly unequal, time-limited payments, to begin in June 2021, and only if or when funds are available,” the lawsuit reads. “On its face, the new program continues to harmfully and unlawfully treat approved relative foster homes differently, because they involve relative caregivers. Nothing has changed in regard to plaintiffs’ claim.”"},{"_id":"EQXXQWG4N5HRVOQYT5ET6W3WSM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940695364},"type":"text","content":"Gilbert said the state sets parameters for daily rates but counties vary, the BCCS rate is $24.14 or $724.20 a month. The total budget for foster care support is $12 million for both the support and administration."},{"_id":"3WTRNI3SBBBKPEXNYGOLZN3IFQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940695365},"type":"text","content":"Morrison said they plan to raise their concerns to the state."},{"_id":"C5BVY5TAPFCQBIRDYRV2WHCAVU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611944074885},"type":"text","content":"“Once we get those final rules we’ll explore avenues in order to support our kinship providers in a way that we can,” Morrison said. “I just don’t know what that is yet. But I’ll try to find some way to do it as fiscally responsibly as possible.”"},{"_id":"GM5CMZ7G7RE4ZOX4S25U5OEFK4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611952881716},"type":"text","content":"The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services would not say whether funding can be extended to cover kinship caregivers with temporary custody. As for whether funding will be available for the program, as the lawsuit referenced, officials said they’ll know more as the state budget is solidified."},{"_id":"WL6KTGL4YZEYVFUTV42CN7JMAA","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":"FOMUXEIBCJDHLNMZWQGKZMI6QE"},"type":"divider"},{"_id":"BVLXVC4ZAZEOZIIHJMBCMK4JQA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940695366},"type":"text","content":"Butler County Children Services by the numbers:"},{"list_type":"unordered","_id":"T5W2GVMSBRBRDI4VP5ZJ6HMBV4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"list","items":[{"_id":"3ZYME4YSRNGPBHD5CP4OYJCTTQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"block_properties":{},"type":"text","content":"336: children in protective custody"},{"_id":"6VZ3NUPPXZEGZAK5LSJMIJNXCU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"block_properties":{},"type":"text","content":"208: Children in kinship care"},{"_id":"QOAWCFCEHJFGRGZSYQ3FM7ILPY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"block_properties":{},"type":"text","content":"33: Children in kinship care eligible for new funding"},{"_id":"I5XAH7CGTFAYZHQG6H4LVQO56U","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"block_properties":{},"type":"text","content":"$12 million: BCCS foster care support budget"}]},{"_id":"KZXZPHRIP5CPDFRIGJDBCXFUZI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611940695367},"type":"text","content":"
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The man said they opened the door and saw three people with guns and masks and tried to close the door."},{"_id":"S6LHRIQNBBHKXCI3NCWE4IGZPQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[{"pos":175,"comment":"they "}],"comments":[],"_id":1612212508733},"type":"text","content":"He said one of the three was able to put his hand through the door and fired. The resident said he was recognized one of the suspects from the voice and hair. 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Jason Moore launched an investigation Dec. 9 after he determined a covert camera likely was installed in 2015 by then-county IT Director Matt Watkins. Watkins told investigators he installed the camera at the direction of former Miami County Commissioner John “Bud” O’Brien, according to county documents and recorded sheriff’s interviews obtained by the Journal-News."},{"_id":"KG7TKMZEHJEQ5NVTT243YIM3IY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611703799519},"type":"text","content":"The investigation has led to two resignations."},{"_id":"PUBJTATNXFFYBJQ4PQQ4TNHUWU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611870249103},"type":"text","content":"O’Brien declined to comment. 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Board members approved a resolution that said Hoover was dismissed because she “engaged in conduct inconsistent with her role and responsibility.”"},{"_id":"UTLZH3JHDBG2LPHU4NWHSKYNHI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611774151503},"type":"text","content":"Watkins told Moore he installed the camera around 2015 after meeting with former Commissioner O’Brien and Leigh Williams, the board of county commissioners’ clerk and administrator, according to a video of the interview the Journal-News reviewed."},{"_id":"KDEG55D5JZD75BBOFFGJEE3N3Q","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611595860636},"type":"text","content":"Watkins said in his interview with the investigator that O’Brien told him information was being “leaked” or removed from storage in the HR director’s office and he wanted to figure out who was coming and going from the storage area."},{"_id":"HACEIUFGBVEBVBBJC3KJGHJJDU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611595860637},"type":"text","content":"Watkins said O’Brien told him to install the camera discretely so no one would know it was there, according to the interview."},{"_id":"HXI5IPRADRG5JPXHT2D4NZCVJY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1611689683846},"type":"text","content":"“I’ve worked for a lot of people, and when somebody’s asking me to put a camera in to keep an eye on somebody, I don’t ask why, and I don’t care to know why,” Watkins said in his first of two interviews with Moore. “It’s one of those things where the less I know, the better.”"},{"owner":{"sponsored":false,"id":"coxohio"},"address":{},"syndication":{},"caption":"Lt. 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