Attorney General Ford Announces Guilty Plea of Man Fraudulently Obtaining Welfare Benefits

March 25, 2021

Las Vegas, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that Eustachius Bursey, 34, pleaded guilty to Theft in the Amount of $3,500 or More, Obtaining and Using Personal Identifying Information of Another, Multiple Transactions Involving Fraud or Deceit in Course of Enterprise or Occupation, all category “B” felonies, and Unlawful Acts Concerning Federal Food Stamps, a category “E” felony. Bursey, of Michigan, was residing in Las Vegas when he committed these crimes. 

According to the criminal Information, Bursey knowingly obtained benefits from the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services by fraudulently applying for government assistance and Family Medical Coverage. The Attorney General’s Office is seeking over $630,000 in restitution for this case.

“As someone who once relied on the public assistance as a young adult, I know firsthand how important these government programs are to struggling families,” said AG Ford. “These services are reserved for those in need, and my office won’t stand for those trying to take advantage of the system.”  

Bursey is scheduled to be sentenced on July 20, 2021 in the Eighth Judicial District Court.

This case was investigated by the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, Investigation and Recovery Unit and the Attorney General’s Criminal Investigation Division. The Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecution Division is prosecuting this case.

To view the criminal Information against Eustachius Bursey, click here. To file a complaint concerning an individual or business suspected of committing fraud, click here.