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Jackson Man Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison for Stealing Identity of a Veteran and Theft of Veteran Benefits

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Jackson, Miss. – Tierun Bush, 56, of Jackson, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee to serve 36 months in federal prison for aggravated identity theft and theft of government funds and property, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst. Judge Lee also ordered Bush to pay full restitution to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

From 2005 to 2018, Bush used the name, social security number and other identifiers of a U.S. military veteran to fraudulently receive narcotics, medical care, medical equipment, and financial assistance for the cost of housing from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Bush, who is not a military veteran, was a long time patient at the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson under the name of the victim whose identity he stole. When first approached by agents from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Bush provided the name of the victim as his own but quickly confessed when he was told by agents that they had already interviewed the victim, who lives out of state. By fraudulently using the identity of a veteran, Bush was able to obtain goods and services from government valued at over $133,603.93, which he will be required to pay in restitution as a part of his sentence.

The case was investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dave Fulcher.

Updated December 13, 2018