Man jailed for stealing military benefits

A Jackson man will spend time behind bars for stealing military benefits. 

56-year-old Tierun Bush was sentenced to serve three years in prison and pay $133,000 in restitution after posing as a military veteran between 2005 and 2018 to receive numerous benefits. 

According to U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, 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.

He also used the identity while he was a “long time” patient at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson. 

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.