Mahoning County Job and Family Services employees accused of fraud

Two caseworkers with the Department of Job and Family Services have been placed on paid leave during an investigation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Two caseworkers at Mahoning County Department of Job and Family Services have been placed on paid administrative leave during a criminal investigation.

Bob Bush, director of Mahoning County Job and Family Services, said he heard of fraudulent behavior between clients and the two caseworkers in September. He looked into it and found discrepancies with benefits that were awarded.

He then contacted local investigators, who turned the case over to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The Attorney General will determine if criminal charges will be filed.

For now, the caseworkers remain on leave until an internal hearing in two weeks. At that time, they may be placed on leave without pay.

Bush did not release the names of the caseworkers or specify the accusations.

Mahoning County Job and Family Services provides child and adult protective services, food assistance, employer resources, medical services and fraud and overpayment recovery.