H. R. 506
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 12, 2017
Mr. Thomas J. Rooney of Florida (for himself and Mr. Deutch) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide an additional tool to prevent certain frauds against veterans, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2017.
Additional tool to prevent certain frauds against veterans
Chapter 47 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
Fraud regarding veterans’ benefits
Whoever knowingly engages in any scheme or artifice to defraud an individual of veterans’ benefits, or in connection with obtaining veteran’s benefits for that individual, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
In this section—
veteran has the meaning given that term in section 101 of title 38; and
veterans’ benefits means any benefit provided by Federal law for a veteran or a dependent or survivor of a veteran.
The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 47 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:
1041. Fraud regarding veterans’ benefits.