In the Seventh Judicial District Court of Morrison County, Perry John DesRosier Jr., 31, Little Falls, was convicted of wrongfully obtaining assistance.
On April 7, 2010, a welfare fraud investigator received a referral to investigate DesRosier who was said to be receiving a large sum of money in a settlement. Any person receiving public assistance is required to inform Social Services of any changes in income or assets.
DesRosier received both medical and food support on and off since May 2003. On a March 2010 application form, he denied having any bank accounts. On a December 2010 applications form, he again denied having cash or bank accounts. He did acknowledge having a lawsuit pending.
During an investigation, it was learned DesRosier received $300,000 from an insurance company in July 2009, and $100,000 from another insurance company in November 2009.
DesRosier failed to report the pending litigation had been settled or that he had received any money.
After recalculating DesRosier’s eligibility for financial assistance, it was learned he had been overpaid $6,196.
DesRosier was sentenced Feb. 13, to 13 months in the correctional facility in St. Cloud, stayed for 10 years, and he spent 75 days in jail. He was fined $135 and ordered to pay restitution of $6,196. He will have supervised probation for 10 years.