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Schweich Set for TANF Review

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich is getting ready to investigate the electronic benefit card program run by the Department of Social Services. The card, which is like a debit card, is supposed to allow participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to gain access to money for things like food, clothing, housing and utilities. Instead, Schweich says he’s receiving reports that the benefit cards are being used for nights out at gentlemen’s clubs, casinos and trips to exotic locations.

A release from Schweich’s office says the auditor has audited the TANF program almost continually since taking office and has found many abuses.

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