It's Illegal in SC to Lie About Military Service

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A new South Carolina law makes it a crime for someone to falsely claim military service to personally profit.

The law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley makes the lie a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.

Retired Marine Maj. Gen. James Livingston praised lawmakers Tuesday for passing a bill defending true sacrifice. The Medal of Honor recipient says it disturbs him that people make such bogus claims while military service members are being killed and wounded.

The law is a state version of the federal Stolen Valor Act, which revived a broader law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 2012, the high court ruled it may be disreputable to lie about receiving a medal, but it's protected speech.


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