A Bethalto man was charged Friday, Oct. 31, in Madison County Circuit Court, with felony charges of forgery, insurance fraud and disorderly conduct, according to a press release from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
The charges stem from two incidents that involved Patrick D. Jeffries, 28, of the 400 block of Shellview, which were previously reported to the Sheriff’s Office.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded on April 11 to Kong Supplements at 202 W. Homer Adams Parkway, Godfrey, in reference to a reported burglary. The responding deputy met with the owner of the business, who was identified as Jeffries. Jeffries reported an unknown person or people entered his business overnight, stealing more than $2,000 in nutritional supplements, smashed a large-screen television and kicked in an interior door.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office met with a subject Aug. 21 who identified himself as an investor in Kong Supplements. The investor told the deputy Jeffries unlawfully forged his name on credit and loan applications.
An investigator assigned to the forgery complaint developed information during the investigation that the burglary reported in April didn’t actually occur. Evidence gathered during the investigation revealed Jeffries staged the burglary, filed a false police report, and filed a false insurance claim, defrauding State Farm Insurance Company of more than $6,000.
The facts of the case were presented to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, which prepared the warrant application issued by Judge Richard Tognarelli. Tognarelli set Jeffries’ bond at $100,000.
Jeffries was located and arrested shortly after the issuance of the warrant at All American Supplements, 10047 Gravois Road, Suite 31, Affton, Mo. Jeffries was transported to the St. Louis County Detention Center, where he was held pending extradition proceedings.