A Metairie man's accidental death in Feb. 2017 may have exposed a seven-state, 100-victim crime spree that took place over a three year period, according to a Huffington Post report.
The report said 40-year-old Shawn Arthur was found dead at his Metairie apartment Feb. 25, 2017. A death certificate for Arthur ruled it as an accident, stating he died of acute hemorrhaging of the pancreas associated with the use of grain alcohol.
There was more to the case than meets the eye, however. Arthur's wallet and television were missing, security video later showed three men and a woman using his bank card at a nearby Walmart and also showed someone driving away in his pickup.
A liquor bottle was also found in Arthur's apartment that had fingerprints connected to 27-year-old Dominique Berry, a former hospice nurse with a long criminal record.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's detectives investigated the case, but closed it three months later after concluding a crime had not been committed.
Berry, however, is now in jail in Georgia on charges stemming from a different incident. She told the Huffington Post Arthur was one of an estimated 100 victims of a scam that she and her partner, Randy "Ru Ru" Schenck, 36, carried out in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia dating back to 2015.
Berry said she would create fake identities and post ads on free dating sites like Backpage and Craigslist and dating apps like Tinder and MeetMe to meet men and arrange dates.
Schenck would pose as her Uber driver, dropping her off at men's homes or hotels, where she would introduce herself and slip drugs into their drinks -- a mixture of prescription pills used to treat schizophrenia and panic disorders Schenck was in charge of getting.
Once Berry's date passed out, she'd get Schenck back to her location and they would steal cash, jewelry and other valuables. The pair would also deliver vehicles they were able to steal to a New Orleans chop shop.
Berry said she did not know Arthur died after she and Schenck drugged and robbed him, claiming the drug cocktail would knock out their victims but leave them alive.
She apologized to Arthur's family through the Huffinton Post, saying "Tell them I apologize, and I want to make sure they get justice for their son no matter what."
She also said she's coming forward with her story now because she "don't have nothing to lose."
Schenck is also jailed in Georgia, facing multiple charges. His attorney, Kome Akpolo, said his client denies Berry's allegations.
"He is entitled to the presumption of innocence," said. "All allegations made by Dominique Berry are allegations -- nothing more."
Read Huffington Post's full report here.