H. R. 450
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
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 2019.
Additional tool to prevent certain frauds against veterans
Chapter 63 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
Fraud regarding veterans’ benefits
Whoever knowingly executes, or attempts to execute, 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 5 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 63 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:
1352. Fraud regarding veterans’ benefits.
Determination of budgetary effects
The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled
Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.
Passed the House of Representatives February 7, 2019.
Karen L. Haas,