Two men charged with welfare fraud in St. Louis CountyWarrants have been issued, in separate cases, for two men accused of forging documents to wrongfully obtain public assistance in St. Louis County.
Warrants have been issued, in separate cases, for two men accused of forging documents to wrongfully obtain public assistance in St. Louis County.
James Lee Berry Sr., 29, is accused of five felonies: wrongfully obtaining assistance, theft by swindle and three counts of aggravated forgery. Berry is currently serving a sentence in the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Moose Lake for a second-degree burglary conviction with an anticipated release date of Feb. 10.
Cinque Jajaen Dunn, 32, address unknown, is charged with three felonies: two counts of wrongfully obtaining assistance and uttering a forged instrument.
According to the complaint against Berry, he received general assistance cash benefits and other assistance from St. Louis County based on an inability to work. Berry hand-
delivered two medical opinion forms to the county in December 2011 and May 2012, purportedly signed by a psychotherapist indicating that he suffered from several mental illnesses and that he would be unable to perform any work in the foreseeable future.
An investigator with the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office spoke with the psychotherapist and learned that he did not sign the forms and had not given anyone permission to sign them for him.
The complaint alleges that Berry told the investigator that he had two friends sign the forms in place of the psychotherapist. Further investigation revealed that Berry also turned in a form with the forged signature of a physician.
The complaint against Dunn alleges that he applied for public assistance by telephone. He reported that he was unable to work due to mental illness. The St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Department received a medical opinion form indicating Dunn was unable to work because he was bipolar and schizophrenic. The psychotherapist’s signature on the form was forged.
Dunn reported that he had no income, no assets and no employment. However, an investigation revealed that he was employed and receiving unreported income.