NORFOLK -- A Hampton man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for theft of government money and aggravated identity theft.

Steven Jay Perrino, 58, was also sentenced Thursday to three years probation once he is released.

In September, federal and local law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant and eventually arrested Perrino after discovering fradulant passport applications that he had forged.

According to court documents, Perrino assumed the identities of at least 5 different individuals dating back to 1986. 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.

Perrino also enlisted in the Navy and Army under stolen identities. Following a 10-year fraudulent enlistment in the Army, Perrino applied for and received VA benefits in that person's name. He was able to obtain more than $138,000 in benefits via the Montgomery and Post 9/11 GI Bills and federal student loans and grants.

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