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Man sentenced for stealing identities to scam VA

Feb. 21, 2014 - 02:06PM   |  
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NORFOLK, VA. — A Hampton man has been sentenced to five years and one month in prison for stealing the identities of other people to obtain government benefits.

Steven Jay Perrino was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Norfolk. He had pleaded guilty to theft of government money and aggravated identity theft in November.

According to prosecutors, the 58-year-old Perrino had used the identities of at least five other people since 1986. He used information and documents to obtain passports, to enlist in the Navy and Army and to obtain Department Veterans Affairs benefits.

He was ordered to pay $122,134 in restitution to the VA.

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