509.07   MAKING FALSE ALARMS.
   (a)   No person shall do any of the following:
      (1)   Initiate or circulate a report or warning of an alleged or impending fire, explosion, crime, or other catastrophe, knowing that the report or warning is false and likely to cause public inconvenience or alarm.
      (2)   Knowingly cause a false alarm of fire or other emergency to be transmitted to or within any organization, public or private, for dealing with emergencies involving a risk of physical harm to persons or property.
      (3)   Report to any law enforcement agency an alleged offense or other incident within its concern, knowing that the offense did not occur.
   (b)   This section does not apply to any person conducting an authorized fire or emergency drill.
   (c)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of making false alarms.  Except as otherwise provided in this division, making false alarms is a misdemeanor of the first degree.  If a violation of this section results in economic harm of $1,000 or more, making false alarms is a felony to be prosecuted under appropriate state law.
   (d)   As used in this section, “economic harm” means all direct, incidental and consequential pecuniary harm suffered by a victim as a result of the criminal conduct.  The term includes but is not limited to all of the following:
      (1)   All wages, salaries or other compensation lost as a result of the criminal conduct;
      (2)   The cost of all wages, salaries or other compensation paid to employees for time those employees are prevented from working as a result of the criminal conduct;
      (3)   The overhead costs incurred from the time that a business is shut down as a result of the criminal conduct;
      (4)   The loss of value to tangible or intangible property that was damaged as a result of the criminal conduct.
(ORC 2917.32)