Article 132 Frauds Against the United States

Article 132 – Frauds Against the United States – was intended to criminalize the various ways that the Government can be defrauded. BAH fraud is most commonly alleged as an Article 132 offense.

Article 132 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice makes it a criminal offense for a U.S. service member to defraud the United States of its property. Making and presenting false claims, falsifying documents and/or forging signatures related to a claim, holding back U.S. property or failing to make sure all U.S. property is accounted for upon making a transaction are all considered offenses under Article 132 of the UCMJ.

Article 132 of the UCMJ deals with frauds committed against the United States. An service member is charged with violating the provisions under Article 132 if the following 4 elements of the alleged crime occur:

Presents to any person in the civil or military service thereof, for approval or payment, any claim against the United States or any officer thereof;

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