Man serves 10-year Army enlistment under stolen identity

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A Hampton man was sentenced Thursday for theft of government money and aggravated identity theft.

United States District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen sentenced Steven Jay Perrino, 58, of Hampton to 61 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, according to Deanna Warren with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Perrino was arrested on September 4, after Diplomatic Security investigative analysts discovered possible fraudulent passport applications. He pleaded guilty to the two charges on November 20.

“According to court documents, Perrino assumed the identities of at least five different individuals, dating back to 1986,” Warren said. “Perrino was able to assume these identities by obtaining personal information and associated documents and then using that information to apply for official forms of identification, such as United States passports and driver’s licenses.”

Warren said Perrino also enlisted in the Navy and Army under stolen identities, and after a fraudulent 10-year Army enlistment, he applied for and received Veterans Affairs benefits. He received more than $138,000 in benefits through the Montgomery and Post 9/11 GI Bills and federal student loans and grants.

On Thursday, Perrino was also ordered to pay $122,134.45 in restitution to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.


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