SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WENY) -- A mysterious local "John Doe" from Owego was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for impersonating a homeless U.S. Army veteran to obtain more than $800,000 in benefits. Doe's actual identity continues to be unknown, as all authorities were able to confirm is that he is not who said he was. 

“We don’t yet know the defendant’s name, but we know what he did. Today’s sentence justly punishes him for stealing the identity of a homeless veteran to fraudulently obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in government benefits. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of local, state and federal investigators, we were able to bring John Doe to justice in spite of not knowing his true identity,” said United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman in a prepared statement. 

According to the Department of Justice, federal agents located the victim. He was living in North Carolina, where authorities established, through fingerprint and DNA analysis, that Doe is not the person he claims to be. Doe continued to insist the identity was his own, when questioned by federal agents, and even provided authorities with a photocopy of the victim’s birth certificate and Social Security card.

Using the homeless vet's identity Doe was able to receive $249,811.93 in Supplemental Security Income benefits and $588,645.85 in state benefits over a period of time of more than 20 years. After his release from prison, Doe will have to pay a total of $838,457.78 in restitution and serve a three-year term of supervised release.

“This individual stole the identity of a U.S. Army veteran to fraudulently obtain Supplemental Security Income benefits, a critical safety net for those in need. This sentence holds him accountable for his unlawful actions," said Gail Ennis, inspector general for the Social Security Administration in a prepared statement. 

Doe was convicted for aggravated identity theft and misuse of a social security number, after a four-day trial, in May.

Along with federal agencies the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office, the Tioga County Department of Social Services and the New York State Police provided assistance.