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SHERMAN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A Collin County businessman must serve nearly six years in prison for stealing a disabled veteran’s identity and using the information to seek $2.7 million in government contracts.

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Sean Page was sentenced by a federal judge in Sherman. Prosecutors on Monday announced the penalty for the 45-year-old Frisco man, who in February was convicted of theft of government property and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

Page was awarded more than a dozen federal contracts by stealing the name and Social Security number of a disabled vet. Investigators say Page used the information to falsely claim his business was eligible for military contracts meant for veteran-owned companies.

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General Carol Fortine Ochoa, with the General Services Administration, said, “Fraudulently using another veteran’s status, in this case the Defendant’s disabled father’s veteran status, to obtain disabled veteran set-aside contracts hurts all veterans with legitimate businesses who wish to properly obtain these contracts.”

The contracts were valued at nearly $2.8 million and Page was paid nearly $1.3 million in government funds as part of the scam.

He was sentenced to 69 months behind bars.

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