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A Duluth man has been sentenced for Covid Relief Fraud and Identity Theft.

Jared John Fiege was sentenced to 102 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and $284,355.54 in restitution for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, Fiege devised and executed a scheme to fraudulently obtain funds through Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance program and the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. As part of the scheme, Fiege submitted fraudulent applications by using stolen names, birth dates, and social security numbers of at least 25 individuals. Fiege also invented fictional business entities, which he linked to the identities of real persons without their knowledge or consent. As part of the scheme, Fiege possessed multiple burner cell phones and registered numerous email addresses which he used to impersonate others. Fiege was also found in possession of photoshopped passports, utility bills, and other documents he used for identity verification for the programs he targeted. Fiege established bank accounts in other peoples’ names and requested bank cards to be issued by mail, which he had sent to real addresses where he would then intercept the mail before the actual residents had a chance to.

Fiege entered a plea of guilty on July 14th and was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court before Senior Judge Michael J. Davis.