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Release: Man accused of lying about military service, faces $10,000 in civil penalties

The attorney general’s office announced in a press release Thursday a settled case against a Bucks County man who is accused of lying about his military service and violating the Stolen Valor Act. (Photo by Associated Press)

The attorney general’s office announced in a press release Thursday a settled case against a Bucks County man who is accused of lying about his military service and violating the Stolen Valor Act.

Tapan Patel is allegedly lied about his military service when applying for jobs.

The release said Patel was a former junior enlisted service member who never served in combat.

When applying for jobs, Patel was dishonest about his status as an officer, lied about combat service and misrepresented various awards and decorations, including the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart and “Navy War Medal,” which is not an actual award of the U.S. Navy, according to the release.

“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.”

Patel faces over $10,000 in civil penalties and costs in the settlement.

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