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Former SC mayor sentenced to 3 years in fraud case

Jul 28, 2010 5:32:00 PM - thestate.com
The former mayor of a South Carolina town has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for illegally getting Social Security benefits.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says former Latta Mayor Lenneau Berry was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Florence. Berry also was ordered to pay about $250,000 in restitution.

Berry was convicted in March on 60 federal charges. Prosecutors say Berry collected nearly $250,000 in Social Security benefits by claiming he was disabled. Witnesses testified they saw Berry cutting tree limbs and operating machinery.

Defense lawyer Jimmy Rogers argued Berry was innocent because his job as mayor was not gainful employment, but was more like being chairman of a club.

Berry's wife was found not guilty of similar charges.

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