Asked if the state was taking claimants to court in some instances, ODJFS spokesman Bret Crow said, “Future benefits may be offset to recoup the overpayment and/or collection methods utilized.”
But the main goal is to “is to err on the side of Ohioans who need assistance during the pandemic,” Betti said in an email Tuesday.
In most cases, overpayments are the result of claimants not reporting or under-reporting earnings during the week claimed, the state said. A smaller number are mistakes made by ODJFS staff with the massive influx of claims, Betti said.
Said Betti: “We are not requiring repayment in those instances.”
As of Sept. 3, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits filed in Ohio over the previous 24 weeks -- nearly 1.7 million -- was more than the combined total of those filed during the last four years, the state has said.
Ohioans who believe they were sent notices in error can appeal. They have 21 days to file their appeal online, via fax, or through mail from the date the notice was sent.
What to do
Ohioans who receive overpayment notices can visit https://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/RepayOverpayment.stm to pay by bank draft, credit card or mail.
Those with questions about making a payment can call (614) 995-5691, option No. 3.