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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.

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.

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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