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Gov. Nixon Signs Bill to Increase Penalties for Public Assistance Fraud, Prohibit Use of TANF Funds at Liquor Stores and Casinos

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Location: Jefferson City, MO

Gov. Jay Nixon today signed Senate Bill 251, which increases penalties for public assistance fraud and prohibits the use of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds at liquor stores, casinos and adult entertainment establishments.

"Here in Missouri, we believe in protecting taxpayers and strengthening families - and that is what these programs are designed to do," Gov. Nixon said. "By strengthening existing protections for taxpayers and children, and cracking down on those who misuse public funds, this bill will help ensure these programs continue to provide temporary support for needy families and children in a proper and accountable way."

Senate Bill 251 prohibits the use of TANF funds in liquor stores, casinos and adult-oriented establishments. Beneficiaries will also be prohibited from using TANF funds to purchase items that are not in the best interests of the child or household. The bill also increases the penalties for fraud, including the unlawful receipt, conversion or transfer of public assistance benefits.

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