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Governor Jay Nixon signed several bills into law, including one designed to prevent identity theft.  

The measure makes it a class A misdemeanor to possess stolen credit card information or devises, even if the info or devise has not been used after being stolen.  In a written statement, Nixon praised lawmakers for passing the bill, saying it will give law enforcement another tool to use against hackers and identity thieves.  It won’t take effect until January. 

A former IRS employee has been sentenced in federal court in Missouri two years and six months in prison in a $326,000 fraudulent tax refund scheme.

The U.S. attorney's office says that 39-year-old Demetria Michele Brown, of Birmingham, Alabama, also was ordered Monday to pay restitution to the state of Missouri and the IRS.

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The Columbia Better Business Bureau and the Missouri Attorney General are hosting a "Shred Day" next Saturday, October 4th, to help educate residents about the importance of identity protection and fraud prevention.

Mid-Missouri Regional director of the BBB Mike Harrison says that in 2013, more Americans were victims of identity theft than were subject to any other type of fraud.

State officials say the personal information of more than 92,000 Missourians was accessed by potential identity thieves who hacked the computer systems of Nationwide Insurance, which also does business as Allied Insurance.