Va. man sentenced for receiving benefits under stolen identities

By ANDREA CASTILLO | The (Newport News, Va.) Daily Press | Published: February 21, 2014

NEWPORT NEWS, Va — A Hampton man who pleaded guilty in November to charges related to receiving military benefits under several assumed identities was sentenced to 61 months in prison Thursday and ordered to pay more than $120,000 in restitution.

The prison term for Steven Jay Perrino, 58, will be followed by three years of supervised release as the result of a sentence on one count each of theft of government money and aggravated identity theft, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Perrino was arrested after Diplomatic Security investigative analysts found potentially fradulent passport applications and enlisted the help of federal and local agencies in an investigation and issuing of search and arrest warrants, the news release stated.

Prosecutors said Perrino had assumed the identities of at least five people going all the way back to 1986 by getting personal information and associated documents. He then used that information to apply for official documents such as U.S. passports and driver’s licenses and even enlisted in the Navy and Army with stolen identities, the release stated.

The release also stated that Perrino received more than $138,000 in benefits with the Montgomery and Post 9/11 GI Bills, as well as federal student loans and grants, after a 10-year Army enlistment under a stolen identity.


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