VA employee accused of violating Stolen Valor Act and stealing benefits

An employee at the VA in Las Vegas has been charged with violating the Stolen Valor Act. The Stolen Valor Act of 2005 makes “false claims of military honor” a federal crime.

David Perelman, 56, went to work for the VA about three years ago, after volunteering with the agency. He applied for a position and claimed that he was a disabled veteran and was hired after a background check was completed. An indictment was filed against Perelman after it was revealed that he was not wounded in combat in Vietnam, as he had claimed. Although Perelman did serve in the military, he was not in combat and apparently suffered a gunshot wound in 1991 – that was self-inflicted.

In addition to violating the Stolen Valor Act, Perelman is accused of stealing $180,000 in disability benefits from taxpayers. He will face felony charges for the theft, and misdemeanor charges for the unauthorized wearing of a military medal.