Duluth man sentenced to prison for COVID relief fraud

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A Duluth man was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for charges related to COVID-19 fraud.

Jared John Fiege admitted to getting about $250,000 through unemployment insurance and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota said over a few months in 2020, Fiege used stolen names, birth dates and social security numbers for at least 20 people. He also allegedly invented fake businesses. 

He pleaded guilty in July 2021 to wire fraud, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

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Fiege was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $284,356 in restitution.

According to the Department of Justice, he also pled guilty in two separate stalking cases involving different women in Washington and St. Louis counties.