November 24, 2021
Las Vegas, NV – Today, Nevada
Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that Eustachius Bursey, 34, of Detroit,
Michigan, was sentenced to four to 10 years in prison for attempting to defraud
the government in a scheme involving the federal Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.
Bursey was sentenced for committing multiple felonies
including theft in the amount of $3,500 or more; obtaining and using personal
identifying information of another; unlawful acts concerning federal food
stamps; and multiple transactions involving fraud or deceit in course of
enterprise or occupation.
“The sentencing of Mr. Bursey should remind those seeking
to swindle our social services network that there will be consequences,” said AG Ford. “I’m glad to see justice
done in this case, and want to stress that my office will continue to pursue
any similar cases that come before us.”
Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Michelle Leavitt
handed down the sentence, which also included the requirement that the
defendant pay restitution in the amount of $633,583.19, on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
According to the criminal information, the
defendant used the personal identifying information of numerous individuals to
defraud the state and federal governments of Supplemental Nutritional
Assistance Program and Medicaid benefits.
The investigation of this case was jointly conducted by the
Nevada Attorney General’s Office, Investigations Division, in cooperation with
Welfare and Supportive Services, Investigations and Recovery. The Attorney
General’s Criminal Prosecutions Division prosecuted this case.
The criminal information is attached.