Moseley’s stolen valor bill awaits governor’s signature

February 22, 2016 Chuck Moseley

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Feb. 22, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation authored by State Rep. Chuck Moseley (D-Portage) to protect Indiana veterans from instances of stolen valor is moving to the governor’s desk for final approval.

Under House Bill 1187, passed today by the Indiana Senate, anyone who lies about their military service with the intent to obtain money, property or another benefit would be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor. If found guilty of the crime, a person could receive up to one year in prison and $5,000 in fines.

The bill was not altered by the Senate, allowing it to move straight to the governor for further consideration.

“Our veterans have sacrificed so much defending our country, this is our opportunity to ensure they receive the respect that they deserve,” said Moseley. “This legislation will help guarantee that individuals who lie about their military service are held accountable for their deceit.

“The support this legislation has obtained from both the House and Senate is a testament to the respect Indiana has for our veterans,” added Moseley. “I am pleased to see the bill move forward and am confident that it will play a significant role in reducing incidents of stolen valor.”

HB 1187 moved through the Senate with a vote of 50-0.