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Kansas lawmakers propose double fines for bilking veterans, service families

Three state lawmakers are proposing to double the fines for defrauding veterans, their surviving spouses, or families of deployed service members.

The proposal would amend the Kansas Consumer Protection Act to increase the fines from $10,000 to $20,000.

It is being proposed by Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Tim Owens, R-Overland Park, and Rep. Lee Tafanelli, R-Ozawkie.

Double penalties already apply to fraud against the elderly and the disabled.

The expansion would affect about 237,000 veterans living in Kansas and the families of 2,200 service personnel currently deployed on active duty.

The legislators said they plan to introduce their bill when the Legislature convenes in January.