By Steve Pope | November 8, 2018
A Bucks County resident who admitted he profited by lying about his military service promised officials he will cease and desist from doing so in the future and agreed to pay a $7,500 fine.
In the agreement Tapan Patel reached with the Attorney General’s Office, he is prohibited from violating the Stolen Valor Act in the future, which is a federal law that makes it illegal for a person to benefit from lying about their military service.
According to the agreement and a prepared statement from Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Patel allegedly lied about certain aspects of his military service for the purpose of obtaining employment.
On resumes and in statements Patel made to employers he stated he was a U.S. Marine officer, served in combat and was awarded the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, and “Navy War Medal,” which is not an actual award of the U.S. Navy.
In fact, Patel never served in combat, was not an officer and was never awarded any of the medals he claimed to have received. He did serve as a junior enlisted man in the U.S. Marines.
“This man’s decision to lie about military service and awards for personal gain is disgraceful,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “His actions not only violate the Stolen Valor Act, they dishonor the heroic women and men who have sacrificed to serve our country and who have been awarded the military’s highest awards. By holding him accountable, my Office is working to protect the honors our veterans have earned.”
According to the settlement Patel agreed to a $10,000 civil settlement, $2,500 of which is suspended, and any future violations of the agreement would subject him to a $2,500.00 civil penalty as well as an enhanced penalty of $5,000.00.
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