Hampton man to serve 5 years for identity theft – The Virginian

A Hampton man will serve a little more than five years in prison for stealing and using the identities of other people to obtain passports and to enlist in the Navy and Army then receive VA benefits.

Steven Jay Perrino, 58, had used the identities of at least five other people since 1986, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was sentenced on Thursday in federal court to five years and one month in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for theft of government money and aggravated identity theft. He also was ordered to pay $122,134 in restitution to the Department of Veterans Affairs. He pleaded guilty in November.

The investigation began in September after diplomatic security analysts found possible fraudulent passport applications, the release says. They worked with the VA’s Office of the Inspector General and U.S. postal inspectors along with police in Hampton and Virginia Beach.

Perrino used information and documents to apply for passports and drivers licenses. He then used the fake identities to enlist in the Navy and Army. After being fraudulently enlisted in the Army for 10 years, he received VA benefits under someone else’s name.

He received more than $138,000 in benefits because of the Montgomery and G.I. Bills and from federal student loans and grants.



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