LINCOLN, Neb. -- A 63-year-old central Nebraska man will serve prison time for misusing a social security number.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Russell announced Thursday that Jose Bahena Sanchez, formerly of Grand Island, was sentenced in Lincoln by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard.

Bahena Sanchez was sentenced to 10 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system. Bahena Sanchez was additionally ordered to pay $48,074.90 in restitution.

On April 8, 2019, Bahena Sanchez filled out and signed a Form I-9 in order to begin employment at Tri-Cities Group, Inc. in Nebraska. He was accused of using the identity and social security number of his deceased brother, who had not been in the United States since 1999.

Bahena Sanchez knew that SSN had not been assigned to him by the Commissioner of Social Security, prosecutors argued, stating that he provided that SSN with the intention to deceive Tri-Cities Group, Inc. into believing that number was assigned to him.

Court officials said Bahena Sanchez made the false representation to satisfy Section 274A(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Bahena Sanchez also reportedly used the same SSN in December of 2016 to apply for Social Security benefits.  His application was accepted and from 2017 until early 2022, he received Social Security benefits using that SSN.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.