HAMMOND | A 38-year-old Chesterton man was given two years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to felony aggravated identity theft.

U.S. District Court Judge Jon DeGuilio also ordered Leon Thomas to pay $25,216 in restitution and serve one year of supervised release.

From June 2009 through July 2010, while employed at a manufacturing company in Michigan City, Thomas applied for unemployment insurance benefits and extended unemployment benefits using the identity of his brother, using his Social Security number and date of birth, federal authorities said.

When asked on the weekly claim voucher whether he was working, Thomas answered no, when in truth he was working and receiving a paycheck, federal authorities said. Thomas unlawfully received a total of $11,590 in federal funds as well as $13,626 in state unemployment benefits.