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California Code, Penal Code - PEN § 532b

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(a) A person who fraudulently represents themselves as a veteran or ex-serviceman of a war in which the United States was engaged, in connection with the soliciting of aid or the sale or attempted sale of any property, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(b) A person who fraudulently claims, or presents themselves, to be a veteran or member of the Armed Forces of the United States, the California National Guard, the State Guard, the Naval Militia, the national guard of any other state, or any other reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States, with the intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(c)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), a person who, orally, in writing, or by wearing any military decoration, fraudulently represents themselves to have been awarded a military decoration, with the intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(2) This offense is an infraction or a misdemeanor, subject to Sections 19.6, 19.7, and 19.8, if the person committing the offense is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.

(d) A person who forges documentation reflecting the awarding of a military decoration that the person has not received for the purposes of obtaining money, property, or receiving a tangible benefit is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(e) A person who knowingly, with the intent to impersonate and to deceive, for the purposes of obtaining money, property, or receiving a tangible benefit, misrepresents themselves as a member or veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States, the California National Guard, the State Guard, or the Naval Militia by wearing the uniform or military decoration authorized for use by the members or veterans of those forces, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(f) A person who knowingly utilizes falsified military identification for the purposes of obtaining money, property, or receiving a tangible benefit, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(g) A person who knowingly, with the intent to impersonate, for the purposes of promoting a business, charity, or endeavor, misrepresents themselves as a member or veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States, the California National Guard, the State Guard, or the Naval Militia by wearing the uniform or military decoration authorized for use by the members or veterans of those forces, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(h) A person who knowingly, with the intent to gain an advantage for employment purposes, misrepresents themselves, as a member or veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States, the California National Guard, the State Guard, or the Naval Militia by wearing the uniform or military decoration authorized for use by the members or veterans of those forces, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(i) This section does not apply to face-to-face solicitations involving less than ten dollars ($10).

(j) This section, Section 3003 of the Government Code, and Section 1821 of the Military and Veterans Code shall be known, and may be cited as, the California Stolen Valor Act.

(k) For purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

(1) “Military decoration” means any decoration or medal from the Armed Forces of the United States, the California National Guard, the State Guard, or the Naval Militia, or any service medals or badges awarded to the members of those forces, or the ribbon, button, or rosette of that badge, decoration, or medal, or any colorable imitation of that item.

(2) “Tangible benefit” means financial remuneration, an effect on the outcome of a criminal or civil court proceeding, or any benefit relating to service in the military that is provided by a federal, state, or local governmental entity.

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