Kansas Governor Signs Fraud Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Starting next month, Attorney General Steve Six can pursue lawsuits against people submitting false claims to the state.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a false claims bill Monday, and the new law takes effect April 30.

Six said the state's ability to recoup damages and penalties is what distinguishes civil lawsuits from the limited criminal remedies.

Violators will be liable for three times the amount of damages in addition to civil penalties of up to $11,000 per violation.

The bill also makes it easier for prosecutors to introduce evidence of past offenses by defendants accused of sex crimes, if a judge allows it. It also allows such evidence when other felonies are involved, if a similar method of operation was involved.

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