Erie County's Theft of Valor Law is now official as of Friday morning, according to Erie County Legislator Edward Rath.
It's been approved by the Legislature and signed by the County Executive. The law states it's a crime to impersonate a veteran or member of the military for financial gain. Those found guilty would face criminal misdemeanor charges and fines.
This newly enacted county law follows amendments to the federal criminal laws. It also provides local law enforcement the ability to arrest and convict those guilty of Theft of Valor, according to officials.
It takes effect 60 days after being filed with the Secretary of State.