The Fraud and Benefit Recovery Unit of South Central Ohio 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. Cases of fraud are referred to the county prosecutor for criminal or civil action and SCOJFS collection of over-payment of benefits are in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Benefits overseen by the Fraud and Benefit Recovery Unit include:

  • Child-Care Funds
  • Disability Assistance
  • Food Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Ohio Works First

To report suspected public assistance fraud, please call 855-726-5237 or you can also report suspected fraud online at

Public Assistance

Public assistance refers to government programs that provide funding to communities, individuals and families in need. Examples include: Cash Assistance, Food Assistance, Medicaid, Child Care Assistance, Transportation Assistance and Fraud.


Our strong partnership with many state and local organizations offer opportunities to job seekers in their path to finding rewarding employment while assisting employers in building a successful workforce.

Child Support

Child Support is money paid by a parent, who isn’t living with his or her children, to help cover the cost of their care. Child Support helps guarantee that children’s basic needs are met: from food, shelter and clothes to education, transportation and medical expenses.

Protective Services

We provide protective services to the elderly and children who are in danger of harm, unable to protect themselves, and/or have no one else to assist them. SCOJFS is mandated to investigate and evaluate all reports of suspected abuse and neglect.