Sacha Baron Cohen could be on his way to prison if CBS pays him as much as one thin dime for the show he just produced. CBS could also be in trouble. Cohen conned a lot of people with his Disabled Veteran act. Here’s the problem: what he did was totally illegal. The Stolen Valor Act forbids anyone from claiming to have won medals, but didn’t. The penalty is up to six months in prison. Cohen claimed to be disabled, with Purple Hearts.
Stolen Valor Act
The purpose of the Act was to strengthen the provisions of federal law (18 U.S.C. § 704) by broadening its scope and strengthening penalties. Specific new provisions in the Act included:
- granting more authority to federal law enforcement officers;
- broadening the law to cover false claims whereas previously an overt act had to be committed;
- covering the mailing and shipping of medals; and
- protecting the reputation and meaning of military heroism medals
Sgt. Joey Jones, a double amputee war veteran, told FOX Business Network on Wednesday that Sacha Baron Cohen may have opened himself up for prosecution.
Sgt. Joey Jones: We have a Stolen Valor Act of 2013 that says you can’t take medals, honors and basically the stories of the heroes of this country and use them to benefit yourself in a tangible way. So at this point if this interview is used on Showtime I think there is an argument that any dollar made off of advertisement violates the Stolen Valor Act.
But, he is a liberal…so guess who won’t pay the price.