Stolen Valor Is Now A Crime In Wisconsin, Governor Signs Bill Into Law

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wisconsin –  If you lie about Military service or awards earned, and gain anything by your lies, you can now be prosecuted in the state of Wisconsin.

Governor Walker signed into law Senate Bill 95, the bill states:

Senate Bill 95 relates to falsely claiming military service or honors.  Under Senate Bill 95, anyone who claims that he or she is serving in the military, or that he or she received an honor or reward related to military service with the intent to obtain a financial or other tangible benefit is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, which has a penalty of a fine not to exceed $10,000 or imprisonment not to exceed nine months, or both.  Representative David Steffen (R – Green Bay) and Senator Roger Roth (R – Appleton) authored the bill, which passed the Senate on a voice vote and was concurred by the Assembly on a voice vote; it is Act 30.

If someone makes those claims intending to commit or aid another crime he or she would be guilty of a felony punishable by up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Wisconsin follows five other states who have implemented their own Stolen Valor laws since December of 2014, including New Jersey, Rhode Island, Alabama, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Now in these states and several others we can push for prosecution, with the Federal law being hard to prosecute without involving Federal authorities, these new laws will make it easier to pursue charges.

 

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