From December 2017-June 2018, a Michigan man and another individual used stolen identifications to buy high-end cell phones at retail stores in Kearney, Holdrege, Norfolk, Beatrice, Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings, Ainsworth and O’Neill.

On Friday, Christopher Charles Heinz, 30, of Romulus, Michigan was sentenced to 4.5 years of imprisonment.

Heinz provided counterfeit driver’s licenses as well as Social Security numbers belonging to actual people in order to qualify for credit, U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly said.

Heinz will also serve supervised release for three years and make restitution in the amount of $22,126 for fraudulent use of Social Security numbers and aggravated identity theft.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp handed down the sentence.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Social Security Administration – Office of Inspector General, the Nebraska State Patrol; sheriff’s offices in Brown and Holt counties; and police departments in Lexington, Kearney, Holdrege, Norfolk, Beatrice, Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings, Kelly said.