Fraudulent or Fictitious Military Record

Chapter 32 of the Texas Penal Code defines offenses relating to fraud.

“Fraudulent or Fictitious Military Record”, as per § 32.54 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person uses or claims to hold a military record that the person knows is fraudulent, is fictitious or has otherwise not been granted or assigned to the person or has been revoked, and that person uses or claims to hold that military record in a written or other promotion of a business, or with the intent to:

  • obtain priority in receiving services or resources under Subchapter G, Chapter 302, Labor Code;
  • qualify for a veteran's employment preference under Chapter 657, Government Code;
  • obtain a license or certificate to practice a trade, profession, or occupation;
  • obtain a promotion, compensation, or other benefit, or an increase in compensation or other benefit, in employment or in the practice of a trade, profession, or occupation;
  • obtain a benefit, service, or donation from another person
  • obtain admission to an educational program in this state; or
  • gain a position in state government with authority over another person, regardless of whether the actor receives compensation for the position.

An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.

Punishment Range

Misdemeanor B

  • Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days
  • Fine not to exceed $2,000
  • Both such fine and confinement

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