President Obama Signs HR 258, Stolen Valor Act Of 2013 Into Law

Today the President has signed into law the new, revised Stolen Valor Act. HR 258,The Stolen Valor Act of 2013, introduced in January by Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), “makes it a Federal crime for an individual to fraudulently hold oneself out to be a recipient of any of several specified military decorations or medals with the intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit,” the White House said today, announcing the signing.

 

Here is the contents of the new law:

[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H.R. 258 Enrolled Bill (ENR)]

H.R.258

One Hundred Thirteenth Congress

of the

United States of America

AT THE FIRST SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday,
the third day of January, two thousand and thirteen

An Act

To amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to fraudulent
representations about having received military decorations or medals.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Stolen Valor Act of 2013”.
SEC. 2. FRAUDULENT REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT RECEIPT OF MILITARY
DECORATIONS OR MEDALS.

(a) In General.–Section 704 of title 18, United States Code, is
amended

(1) in subsection (a), by striking “wears,”; and
(2) so that subsection (b) reads as follows:
“(b) Fraudulent Representations About Receipt of Military
Decorations or Medals.–Whoever, with intent to obtain money, property,
or other tangible benefit, fraudulently holds oneself out to be a
recipient of a decoration or medal described in subsection (c)(2) or
(d) shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than one year,
or both.”.

(b) Addition of Certain Other Medals.–Section 704(d) of title 18,
United States Code, is amended–
(1) by striking “If a decoration” and inserting the
following:
(1) In general.–If a decoration”;
(2) by inserting “a combat badge,” after “1129 of title
10,”; and
(3) by adding at the end the following:
“(2) Combat badge defined.–In this subsection, the term
`combat badge’ means a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Action
Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Combat Action Ribbon, or Combat Action
Medal.”.
(c) Conforming Amendment.–Section 704 of title 18, United States
Code, is amended in each of subsections (c)(1) and (d) by striking “or
(b)”.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and
President of the Senate.

 

The maximum punishment under the bill would be a $100,000 fine and up to one year in jail for each offense.

 

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