Former Latta mayor convicted of fraud

Former Latta mayor Alan Berry was convicted of fraud by a federal grand jury late Friday in Florence.  Berry was convicted on 60 counts  of defrauding the Social security Administration and mail fraud. Prosecutors presented evidence that from the years 2000 to 2008 Berry gave information to the Social Security Administration and the Hartford Insurance Company hat he was disabled and couldn’t work, collecting nearly $300,000 in disability benefits. In actuality, Berry was working for the town of Latta as its mayor and as a recreation center director. He was also working for a tax service in Latta. To hide his income, Berry had his paychecks issued in his wife’s name. During his week-long trial Berry claimed a SLED agent had falsified documents to make it appear that he was working.  Berry will be sentenced at a later date.