This bill would make it a federal crime for any person to knowingly engage in a scheme to defraud a veteran or their spouse of veterans’ benefits. It would be punishable by a fine, up to five years imprisonment, or both. Currently it’s illegal for unauthorized individuals to charge veterans a fee for helping them claim their benefits, but there are no legal or financial penalties for violating the law.
What is House Bill H.R. 506?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 506
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) introduced this bill to make it a federal crime to defraud a veteran or their spouse of veterans’ benefits:
“Anyone who seeks to financially exploit the men and women who have served our country and cheat them out of their hard-earned VA benefits should have to face a harsh punishment for their criminal actions. Frankly it’s appalling that there are individuals out there who are targeting veterans, especially those in low-income housing or who are elderly, with these schemes. This commonsense legislation will help give prosecutors the tools they need to protect our veterans and go after these criminals.”
Original cosponsor, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), added:
“Pension poaching is not only illegal, it’s a despicable and immoral practice. These scammers are getting more and more sophisticated in how they identify and deceive vulnerable veterans with lofty promises to help them with their pensions while charging outrageous fees.”
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Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2017
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide an additional tool to prevent certain frauds against veterans, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on the Judiciary
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- The house Passed March 14th, 2018Passed by Voice Vote
Crime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityCommittee on the JudiciaryIntroducedJanuary 12th, 2017
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