False Charge Prevention & Reimbursement Bill
Reimbursing Taxpayers for Deliberate False Charges
and Misuse of Our Law Enforcement System


The Arlington County law enforcement system can easily be misused by unscrupulous persons making false accusations against others they wish to punish.  Law enforcement professionals do their duty to pursue charges until they are brought to court.  The taxpayers pay the expenses for such efforts.  Public safety is jeopardized when police are pursuing false charges, while true needs exist.  There is no punishment or disincentive against persons making false charges. 

For example, a wealthy landlord was even able to get law enforcement officials to arrest and prosecute a tenant he did not like, one who helped inform tenants on their rights by Virginia law, at the expense of the citizens of Arlington.  The tenant was found not guilty, but instead of reprimanding the millionaire for his false charges, they forgave his many counts of perjury.


If there is evidence that the complaining witness has made a false charge, he or she should reimburse Arlington County for all expenses related to the pursuit of that charge.

Proposed bill:

The complaining witness found guilty of making a false charge shall be charged with perjury, punishable by up to 1 year in prison.

The complaining witness found guilty of making a false charge shall reimburse Arlington County expenses up to $100,000.

The complaining witness shall be put on notice that the second false charge shall result in imprisonment of up to 6 months.

The victim of the false charge shall be entitled to reimbursement for all defense related attorney and travel costs..