Daily American Republic
A Poplar Bluff city councilman and two members of his family have been named in a civil suit that claims they defrauded an elderly former neighbor for more than $150,000 in cash and property after the death of the man’s wife and his cancer diagnosis. The case was filed against council member at large David Johnson, his wife, Cynthia Johnson and their daughter, Amy Johnson, in May in Cape Girardeau County. It is scheduled for a case review Sept. 6 before Judge Benjamin Lewis. 92-year-old Kenneth Burke and his wife lived in Poplar Bluff, across the street from the Johnsons’. David says he will be consulting an attorney. Court documents say Burke claims Cynthia acquired the title to his home, vehicle and cash since the death of his wife in 2010 through fraud. Burke is asking the court to award monetary and punitive damages in the amount the court deems fair and reasonable. The complaint states David is accused of benefiting from the fraud and should have been aware of his wife’s action. It alleges Amy conspired with her mother to obtain the title in 2014 to Burke’s home, valued about $150,000, for a “sham consideration” of $10.