Treasurer: Bill helps protect retirees from predatory lenders

Treasurer: Bill helps protect retirees from predatory lenders

SPRINGFIELD, MO (KFVS) - Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced House Bill 1217 goes into effect on Thursday - meaning public retirees in Missouri are now protected from the predatory lending practice known as pension advances.

Zweifel says retired public employees who are drawn into these misleading agreements can now take legal action against the businesses offering them.

"Pension advances prey on the financially vulnerable, offering an up-front lump sum in exchange for part or all of a public pension, and they are generally accompanied by exorbitant fees and interest rates," Treasurer Zweifel said. "Pension advances are essentially payday loans on steroids in that the individuals taking them are borrowing against a pension instead of a paycheck. They put the individual's retirement in jeopardy and cost them more money in the long run. Today marks a big win for consumer protection in Missouri, and I am proud of the bipartisan coalition of lawmakers who helped me make our state the first in the nation to ban this practice."

Any individual who falls victim to pension advance schemes is entitled to reclaim any money lost in a pension advance transaction, said Zweifel.

If you enter in to a pensioned advance, and would like to seek legal action against the business, contact Attorney General Koster's Consumer Protection Division at (800) 392-8222 or file a complaint online at www.consumer.ago.mo.gov.

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