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QUESTION: "What are the maximum penalties for a Veteran who commits fraud unknowingly by submitting a claim for injuries..."
ANSWER: Assuming a conviction (without which there can be no penalty), the specific answer depends upon the precise amount (dollars). Also, please note that the statutory language requires a showing of the conduct being done "knowingly and willfully" by a claimant who does not later own up to the issue once realized. Having said all of that, the penalty is a fine, up to five years of confinement (imprisonment), or both, pursuant to 42 U.S.C.§ 1011.
QUESTION: "...and is this a felony that will result in a loss of all VA and Military pension benefits to include; healthcare, commissary, etc?
ANSWER: Yes on both points. It is a felony. And a conviction can result in such a loss of benefits.
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