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Guatemalan Man Sentenced to 6 Months in Prison for Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Juan Velasquez-Velasquez, 48, of Guatemala, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for false representation of a social security number. United States District Court Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Velasquez-Velasquez to imprisonment for 6 months. There is no parole in the federal system.  After completing his term of imprisonment, Velasquez-Velasquez will begin a 1-year term of supervised release. Velasquez-Velasquez will be removed by immigration authorities from the United States to Mexico after completing his sentence.

In August of 2022, the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (NEDMV) Fraud Unit contacted Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) after receiving a complaint from an identity theft victim.

HSI obtained a copy of a USCIS Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form completed by the Velasquez-Velasquez on February 24, 2022, at Cornerstone Staffing using the victim’s name, date of birth, and Social Security Number.  Velasquez-Velasquez used a fraudulent Nebraska Identification Card and a Social Security Card bearing the victim’s Social Security Number, as proof of identity to obtain employment. Velasquez-Velasquez also attested to holding U.S. citizenship while completing the form.

The case was investigated by the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General.     



Michael Norris, Criminal Chief (402) 661-3700

Updated May 18, 2023