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Pa. lawmakers eye more penalties for faking military record

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 15, 2015 1:01 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania state senators are advancing a bill to expand penalties for people who falsely represent their military record for their personal benefit.

Senators voted unanimously to make it a third-degree misdemeanor for someone who falsely claims that they were awarded any military decoration or medal. A third-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail.

The bill also would make it a second-degree misdemeanor if that person falsely wears a Congressional Medal of Honor, a Navy Cross, an Air Force Cross, a Silver Star or a Purple Heart. A second-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 2 years in jail.

The bill now goes to the House.

Currently, Pennsylvania makes it a summary offense for someone who falsely uses U.S. military uniforms or emblems for personal benefit.

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