Bureau of Integrity Assurance
Benefit Payment Control - Frequently Asked Questions - EMPLOYERS
1. How do I report information to your agency if I believe an individual is working and fraudulently claiming benefits?
You can make the report to Benefit Payment Control (BPC) by:
- Clicking the REPORT FRAUD link on the right.
- Calling the toll-free fraud hotline at 1-800-686-1555.
- Sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Sending a fax to 1-614-752-4808. or
- Writing to:
Benefit Payment Control, P.O. Box 1618, Columbus, OH 43219-1618
You are not required to provide your name when reporting possible fraud. However, if you do provide your name and telephone number, then we can contact you for more details, if necessary. Please provide as much information as possible so that the information can be fully investigated.
2. How is unemployment fraud detected?
Unemployment fraud is detected through various methods. These include:
- Regular computer cross-matching to compare quarterly wages reported by employers with payments made to claimants.
- New hire reports from employers.
- Anonymous tips and reports from claimants' relatives, fellow employees, and others.
- Cross-matching with other government records, such as workers' compensation and child support records.
3. Does the fraud detection program benefit employers?
Yes! Better detection and prevention of improper unemployment compensation payments results in a decrease in benefit payments, which leads to decreases in employer taxes.
4. How can employers help?
To help in the investigation of potential unemployment fraud, employers should:
- Comply with investigators' requests for information.
- Provide information promptly, including wage cross-match forms.
- Make certain the information provided is as accurate and complete as possible.
- Contribute any other information that can help the unit in its investigation to determine whether benefits have been fraudulently claimed.
5. If my account is not being charged, why should I fill out any forms sent to me?
Furnishing this information helps prevent unemployment fraud. Future account chargeability may be affected.
6. Why am I getting this form to fill out from Benefit Payment Control?
As an employer, you received this form as a result of a cross-match. Information indicated that someone was employed with your company while also receiving unemployment benefits. Your assistance will help us to determine whether he/she was receiving benefits during the same weeks he/she was working and, if so, whether the wages reported correctly. This will help ensure the integrity of the unemployment compensation program and protect employers' tax rates.
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