Stolen valor bill approved by General Assembly

United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The General Assembly approved a legislation Thursday that would make impersonating a military veteran illegal.

The bill would make it a crime for anyone to impersonate themselves as a active member of the military to receive money or benefits, according to a press release.

If passed, “stolen valor” would be a misdemeanor that can put someone in prison for up to a year, or a $1,000 fine, or both.

RI House Rep. Samuel Azzinaro wants to ensure that the military members bravery are in vain.

He said, “the sacrifices that our military members make in order to ensure our freedom and safety should never be taken lightly and any individual who pretends through fraud to be one of these brave and selfless heroes should be held accountable for their gross deception.”

The bill was unanimously passed by the senate last month.



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