WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) introduced the Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a companion bill in the Senate. The bipartisan legislation amends the U.S. Code to appropriately penalize those who defraud veterans of their earned benefits.
“Individuals who defraud our veterans must be held accountable and punished,” said Congressman Fitzpatrick. “It is critical that the men and women who served our country receive their hard-earned benefits from the VA, and I’m proud to lead this bipartisan legislation to crack-down on fraudsters who take advantage of our veterans.”
“It takes real heartlessness to prey upon veterans and their families,” said Congresswoman Scanlon. “But every day across our Commonwealth, scammers are targeting veterans with schemes to defraud them of their hard-earned VA benefits. We owe it to those who have bravely served our country to do everything in our power to hold accountable anyone attempting to rip them off. I'm proud to join Rep. Fitzpatrick in introducing the Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act to ensure prosecutors have the tools they need to stop these scams and deliver justice for our veterans.”
Full text of the legislation can be found HERE.