(HOUSTON) — He has a passport, a birth certificate and a Social Security number. The only problem is they all belong to a boy who died in 1978.

Jesus Duenas-Barajas is a 53-year-old Mexican national who has been living in Houston illegally.

According to the Department of Justice, he has been using the identity of this boy since as early as the mid-1980s.

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Things began to unravel when Duenas-Barajas completed a U.S. Passport application using false forms of ID.

He has been convicted, and sentencing is set for October. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

Duenas-Barajas is expected to face deportation proceedings after he serves his sentence.

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