New Jersey Stolen Valor Act Delivers Stiffer Penalties for Impersonating a Veteran

March 20, 2015

New Jersey Stolen Valor Act Delivers Stiffer Penalties for Impersonating a Veteran

In the near future in New Jersey, an individual impersonating a veteran or member or the military will face stiffer penalties according to a new bill that was just approved by the state's Senate Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. The "New Jersey Stolen Valor Act" must now make its way through the New Jersey state Senate and Assembly before reaching Gov. Chris Christie's desk.

According to the wording of the bill, anyone who wears a uniform, insignia or medal with the "purpose of obtaining money, property or another benefit" could now be convicted of third degree crime for impersonating a military veteran or service member.

Presently in New Jersey, anyone wearing a military uniform "with the intent to deceive" faces being convicted of a fourth degree crime which are punishable by up to 18 months imprisonment. If the "New Jersey Stolen Valor Act" becomes law and a third degree crime, then those convicted of breaking the law could three to five years imprisonment.

Breaking this new law could also result in a $1,000 fine. Any funds collected from this crime would go to a Military Dependents Scholarship Fund which would provide college scholarships to spouses and children of soldiers killed, MIA or disabled in post-9/11 conflicts.

As you probably know the problem of stolen valor isn't only happening in New Jersey. In fact, some say we are facing an epidemic of military posers here in the United States. And thanks to smartphone technology and social media, we are able to out many of these people impersonating veterans and military members. You may even remember this story of this military faker video below that went viral.

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