(Congressman) Tom Reed stood with veterans today by supporting a bill which would create a new legal penalty for defrauding veterans. “We care about protecting our veterans and their families. Anyone who knowingly steals from veterans should be held to a higher standard,” said Reed. “It’s only right that our veterans should be guarded and those that mean to take advantage of them should be stopped.”
Under the bill, convicted fraudsters could face up to 5 years in prison. The bill comes as part of the ongoing Congressional push to stop fraud, waste and abuse within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Often times veterans are targeted by those who want to steal their specialized benefits or charge them for benefits that are never delivered. This bill would help law enforcement put an end to this type of specialized fraud.
“This is another tool that law enforcement can use for all of us to unite and stand with our veterans,” said Reed.
If you suspect that someone is defrauding veterans, please contact the Office of Inspector General online at https://oig.justice.gov/