Human trafficking report released

Highlights identifying at-risk youth

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a year-long effort by his office had identified 146 youth at risk of being trafficked in 2017 and provided that information to 13 local law enforcement agencies in the state. The announcement was coordinated with the release of the Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Commission Annual Report and was made at today's meeting of the Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Commission.

"I'm proud of the work we do to protect and serve the victims of this heinous crime. By using our resources and working together, we're able to approach this issue from many perspectives," said Attorney General DeWine. "We will continue to build on this progress in 2018 as we fight the criminals who seek to exploit our children and others for their own illicit gain."

The initiative, introduced last year by Attorney General DeWine, uses data from the Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse to identify vulnerable children. The Attorney General's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) Missing Persons Unit identified frequent runaways using the clearinghouse, a central repository for statistics and information about missing children in Ohio. Runaways have an increased risk of being trafficked.

BCI agents also held several training sessions in 2017 to educate law enforcement about high-risk youth and frequent runaways. Officers learned how to look further into each runaway's case to identify risk factors for trafficking. 

The commission, in its 2017 Human Trafficking Commission Annual Report, reported 208 potential victims of human trafficking were identified in Ohio, with female victims comprising more than 90 percent of that number. While ages for victims ranged from younger than 13 to 85 or older, most victims were between 21 and 29 years old.

A copy of the report is available on the Ohio Attorney General's website.

Posted on January 29, 2018 .

Division of Unclaimed Funds warns of scam

The Division of Unclaimed Funds is warning Ohioans about a website claiming they must pay a fee to have their missing money returned. The website,, tells consumers that they will receive their missing money after paying varying fees, ranging from $12.00 to $29.99.

It does not cost anything to retrieve unclaimed funds from the division, and the website,, is not affiliated with the division.

The website is also providing false details regarding Ohio properties and fraudulent claim forms. This form cannot be accepted by the division.

Some scam victims found the website via online search engines. Others were called by the company with a phone number of 866-955-1623.

“We are committed to returning to Ohioans what is rightfully theirs,” Division of Unclaimed Funds Superintendent Yaw Obeng said. “Unfortunately, others aren’t, and this scam is taking money out of Ohioans’ pockets instead of putting it back.”

Ohioans searching for their unclaimed funds are encouraged to work directly with the division, either online or by calling877-644-6823.

Posted on August 8, 2017 .

Public Notice: Auction set for next week

Items from 2003-2004 will be auctioned

The Division of Unclaimed Funds will hold an auction of safe deposit box items on July 28. This is the third auction to take place this year.

The auction will start at 9 a.m. at the Apple Tree Auction Center, 1625 West Church Street, Newark, Ohio 43055. Private previews can be scheduled on July 24 and 25 by calling 740-344-4282. Public previews will be on July 26 and 27 from noon to 5 p.m.

More than 1,000 lots will be up for bid during the two-day auction. Some lots include unique items including gold and silver coins, paper currency and silver bars.

Money collected from the auction will then be allocated to the safe deposit box owner’s account. Rightful owners of the deposit boxes will still be paid cash proceeds from the sale when they file an approved claim.

Auctions will continue being held to free up valuable space for the Division to collect safe deposit box items in the future.

If you are interested in bidding on items, you can do so in person or online.

Posted on July 21, 2017 .