Chapter 161 of the Acts of 2012 makes it unlawful to use or accept DTA cash assistance funds held on Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards or devices to purchase or sell the following services or products:

•Alcoholic Beverages
•Tobacco products
•Lottery tickets
•Gambling
•Firearms or ammunition
•Vacation services
•Tattoos or body piercings
•Jewelry
•Court-ordered fees, fines, bail or bail bonds, or
•Adult oriented materials or performances or
•Televisions, stereos, video games or consoles at rent-to-own stores
 

Direct cash assistance includes Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) and Emergency Aid to Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) benefits.

Penalties for knowingly violating the law can include paying DTA back for the items or services purchased to permanent disqualification from receiving cash assistance. More information here:

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The following establishments can no longer accept DTA cash assistance used in any EBT transaction:

•Adult bookstores, adult paraphernalia stores, or adult oriented performance
•Casinos or gaming establishments
•Cruise ships
•Firearms or ammunition dealers
•Jewelry stores
•Liquor stores
•Manicure shops or aesthetic shops
•Tattoo parlors; or 
•Cash transmittal agencies to foreign countries

Retailer Penalties
Store owners who knowingly violate this law can be fined and face possible disciplinary action. 

Retailer Posting Requirement
The law also requires businesses that accept EBT cards to post a sign with DTA’s fraud hotline in a conspicuous area and to maintain a list of categories of prohibited products at each cash register.

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Please visit our Information for Retailers page for information on how these requirements affect your business.  

To report a prohibited purchase, call 1-800-FRAUD-99.

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