Former SC mayor found guilty of 60 federal counts

FLORENCE, SC - FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - A former mayor of a small South Carolina town has been found guilty of 60 federal charges accusing him of illegally getting Social Security benefits.

The Morning News of Florence reports that while former Latta Mayor Lenneau Berry was convicted, the same jury Friday found his wife not guilty of similar charges.

Prosecutors say Berry collected nearly $250,000 in Social Security benefits by claiming he was disabled.

During his weeklong trial, prosecutors called witnesses who said 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.

Information from: Morning News,

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