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Pennsylvania enacts penalties for lying about veteran status

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 27, 2017 3:13 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- New penalties for people who misrepresent themselves as military veterans in order to get financial benefits are going into effect in Pennsylvania.

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday signed into law a bill that punishes those who falsely claim to have served in the military or received military decorations in order to obtain money, property or other rewards.

The governor says Pennsylvania is home to more than 900,000 veterans. He says false claims about being a veteran offend real veterans and the public.

The bill's provisions take effect in two months.

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