Jones was living under an assumed identity and using another person’s Social Security number for nearly 30 years.
“Cases like this are the reason my office continues to diligently pursue identity fraud and all fraud, which devastates victims emotionally and financially,” Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said.
During probation Jones is ordered to pay $78,500 to the Social Security Administration for payments wrongly made to his family after he was declared dead in Illinois. He is also ordered to pay over $11,400 to the victim, Clifton Goodenough, for missed work and legal fees incurred in connection with the misuse of Goodenough’s Social Security number.
In addition, Jones is required to perform community service, stay out of trouble, undergo counseling and abide by other standard terms of probation.
Jones pleaded guilty to a class E felony.
Anyone who is a victim of identity theft is encouraged to file a report with local law enforcement and the Federal Trade Commission, and apply for a Nevada Identity Theft Card with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office.