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
Under House Bill
1187, passed Monday 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.
HB 1187 moved
through the Senate by a vote of 50-0.
The bill was not
altered by the Senate, allowing it to move straight to the governor for
“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.”