Stolen valor bill unanimously passes R.I. Senate

Sarah Cavanaugh. (U.S. Attorney's Office Rhode Island)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The stolen valor bill has made it’s way through the R.I. Senate.

State Senators unanimously passed the bill Thursday.

The bill would make it a crime for someone to falsely represent themselves as an active member of the military or a veteran to obtain money or benefits.

The crime would be punishable by a prison sentence up to one year and or a $1,000 fine.

The issue came to light after a Rhode Island woman, Sarah Cavanaugh, claimed she was a military veteran to scam people to donate to a GoFundMe. She is facing federal charges for the alleged scheme.

The Rhode Island bill now heads to the House, which passed a similar measure last week.

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