(a)Whoever knowingly makes or causes to be made or conspires, combines, aids, or assists in, agrees to, arranges for, or in any way procures the making or presentation of a false or fraudulent affidavit, declaration, certificate, statement, voucher, or paper, concerning any claim for benefits under any of the laws administered by the Secretary (except laws pertaining to insurance benefits) shall forfeit all rights, claims, and benefits under all laws administered by the Secretary (except laws pertaining to insurance benefits).
(b)Whenever a veteran entitled to disability compensation has forfeited the right to such compensation under this section, the compensation payable but for the forfeiture shall thereafter be paid to the veteran’s spouse, children, and parents. Payments made to a spouse, children, and parents under the preceding sentence shall not exceed the amounts payable to each if the veteran had died from service-connected disability. No spouse, child, or parent who participated in the fraud for which forfeiture was imposed shall receive any payment by reason of this subsection. An apportionment award under this subsection may not be made in any case after September 1, 1959.
(c)Forfeiture of benefits by a veteran shall not prohibit payment of the burial allowance, death compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation, or death pension in the event of the veteran’s death.
(1)After September 1, 1959, no forfeiture of benefits may be imposed under this section or section
6104 of this title upon any individual who was a resident of, or domiciled in, a State at the time the act or acts occurred on account of which benefits would, but not for this subsection, be forfeited unless such individual ceases to be a resident of, or domiciled in, a State before the expiration of the period during which criminal prosecution could be instituted. This subsection shall not apply with respect to
(A) any forfeiture occurring before September 1, 1959, or
(B) an act or acts which occurred in the Philippine Islands before July 4, 1946.
(2)The Secretary is hereby authorized and directed to review all cases in which, because of a false or fraudulent affidavit, declaration, certificate, statement, voucher, or paper, a forfeiture of gratuitous benefits under laws administered by the Secretary was imposed, pursuant to this section or prior provisions of law, on or before September 1, 1959. In any such case in which the Secretary determines that the forfeiture would not have been imposed under the provisions of this section in effect after September 1, 1959, the Secretary shall remit the forfeiture, effective June 30, 1972. Benefits to which the individual concerned becomes eligible by virtue of any such remission may be awarded, upon application therefor, and the effective date of any award of compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation, or pension made in such a case shall be fixed in accordance with the provisions of section
5110(g) of this title.
1994—Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 103–446, § 1201(e)(18), in second sentence substituted “(A) any” for “(a) any”, “(B) an act” for “(b) an act”, and “before July 4, 1946” for “prior to July 4, 1946”.
Subsec. (d)(2). Pub. L. 103–446, § 1201(f)(5), substituted “June 30, 1972” for “the date of enactment of this amendatory Act”.
1991—Pub. L. 102–40, § 402(b)(1), renumbered section
3503 of this title as this section.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 102–83, § 4(a)(1), substituted “administered by the Secretary” for “administered by the Veterans’ Administration” in two places.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 102–54, § 14(d)(8)(A), amended subsec. (b) as in effect immediately before the enactment of Pub. L. 102–40by inserting at end “An apportionment award under this subsection may not be made in any case after September 1, 1959.”
Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 102–40, § 402(d)(1), substituted “6104” for “3504”.
Subsec. (d)(2). Pub. L. 102–83, § 4(b)(1), (2)(E), substituted “Secretary” for “Administrator” in three places.
Pub. L. 102–83, § 4(a)(1), substituted “administered by the Secretary” for “administered by the Veterans’ Administration”.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 102–54, § 14(d)(8)(B), amended section as in effect immediately before the enactment of Pub. L. 102–40by striking out subsec. (e) which read as follows: “No apportionment award under subsection (b) of this section shall be made in any case after the date of enactment of this subsection.”
1986—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 99–576, § 701(83)(A), substituted “the veteran’s” for “his”.
Subsec. (d)(2). Pub. L. 99–576, § 701(83)(B), substituted “the Administrator” for “he” in two places in second sentence.
1983—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 98–160substituted “the right” for “his right”, “the veteran’s spouse” for “his wife”, and “spouse” for “wife” in two places.
1972—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 92–328designated existing provisions as par. (1) and added par. (2).
1969—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 91–24substituted “September 1, 1959” for “the date of enactment of this subsection” wherever appearing.
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