January 22, 2021


An 18-year-old Buffalo man who claimed last month that his 2004 BMW was vandalized with racist graffiti and pro-Trump messages like “Trump 4 President” is now facing insurance fraud charges after prosecutors say he did the damage himself.

Clifton Eutsey was charged in Buffalo City Court last week with third-degree insurance fraud, falsifying records, and falsely reporting an incident, among other offenses, the Buffalo News reported.

Clifton Eutsey is due back in court on January 11.

Clifton Eutsey is due back in court on January 11.
(Erie County District Attorney’s Office)

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said one of Eutsey’s neighbors filed a vandalism report on Oct. 15 after seeing Eutsey’s car vandalized and covered in graffiti – including swastikas, homophobic slurs, and pro-Trump messages.

Eutsey was interviewed on Buffalo’s WKBW, saying: “I never thought that happens” and “I thought that was stuff that happened in movies.”

His original Facebook post showing the vandalism provoked accusations that he did it himself, something that Eutsey emphatically denied, according to the station.


“Who would do that to their own vehicle?” Eutsey asked. “Who does that? Nobody does that to their own car. How are you going to get around now if you do that to your car?”

But after a “thorough investigation,” authorities determined that Eutsey “did it himself,” Flynn said.

“I don’t want to go exactly into what the evidence is but there’s some video out there and there’s just good old-fashioned investigating,” Flynn said. “Talking to witnesses. Talking to family. Talking to neighbors. We put 2 and 2 together and he’s 4.”


Eutsey turned himself in on November 10. His attorney entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. Per state reform measures, he was not taken into custody because his crimes did not qualify under bail. He is due back in court on January 11 and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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A New York man is facing felony charges after it was discovered that he allegedly spray-painted racist and pro-Trump messages on his car.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced that 18-year-old Clifton Eutsey faces charges of insurance fraud in the third degree, a felony, after an investigation found he vandalized the car with swastikas, KKK, anti-Black Lives Matter messaging, expletives, and support for President Trump. He also reportedly damaged the windshield with a brick and poured sugar into the car’s gas tank.

Flynn said there is video evidence to support the fraud allegation.

In addition to the felony charge, Eutsey faces misdemeanor charges of offering a false instrument for filing, falsifying business records, and falsely reporting an incident. If convicted on all charges, the man faces up to seven years in prison.

News of the alleged vandalism sparked outrage in Buffalo in mid-October, even prompting local legislator Frank Todaro to offer to pay for graffiti removals and repairs to the vehicle. Buffalo police initially investigated the incident as a hate crime. Because of the pro-Trump messages, local news outlets asked for a response from the Erie County Republican Party.

Instead, Eutsey turned himself in last week and was arraigned on the felony charge. Frank LoTempio III, Eutsey’s attorney, entered a not guilty plea on the man’s behalf.

The judge did not set any bail for Eutsey’s release because of recent state bail reform measures.

“Behave out there, Mr. Eutsey,” Judge Shannon Heneghan told Eutsey before releasing him on his recognizance. He is due back in court on Jan. 11.

Eutsey faces separate charges stemming from a different incident in late October when he was pulled over and discovered to be driving without a license and had two loaded, illegally owned handguns in the vehicle. He was charged with felony weapons possession in that case.

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