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South Bend Man Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds

June 27, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Indiana

SOUTH BEND – Yesterday, Jake Gregory Aarreberg, 50 years old, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Cristal C. Brisco after pleading guilty to theft of government funds, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Aarreberg was sentenced to 2 years of probation with 8 months home detention and was ordered to pay $226,389.56 in restitution to the victims of the offense.

According to documents in the case, from 2005 through 2023, Aarreberg falsely claimed to be a disabled military veteran and presented fraudulent military service records in order to obtain government benefits. As a result of his fraud, Aarreberg obtained VA medical benefits totaling over $96,000.00, and Social Security disability benefits totaling over $129,000.00.

This case was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General and the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Luke N. Reilander.

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