Former Alorton Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Obtaining Funds From the Village of Alorton Police Department by Fraud
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Ricky Perry, 51, of East St. Louis, Illinois, formerly a police officer with
the Village of Alorton Police Department, entered a plea of guilty to “Obtaining Funds by Fraud
from the Village of Alorton Police Department, a Unit of a Government that Received Federal Funds.”
As part of the plea, Perry acknowledged that he obtained funds by fraud from May 2018 through April
2021 claiming to be working when he was out of the jurisdiction, usually at his residence in East
St. Louis. The Information alleges that there was approximately 4000 hours where
Perry claimed he was working but he was outside the jurisdiction of the Village of
Alorton causing a financial loss of approximately $60,000. Sentencing is scheduled for January
U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft said, “We proudly support the thousands of law
enforcement officers in this district who serve the public with honor, integrity, and dedication.
The Metro-East police departments are staffed by many such officers, and this guilty plea should
not undermine the public’s confidence in the work of law enforcement as a whole. This case shows
that law enforcement will police their own, and that officers are held accountable when they
violate the law.”
Embezzling money from an organization that receives federal funds carries a maximum sentence of ten
years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and restitution.
The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Public Corruption Task Force,
which consists of agents with the FBI, and the Illinois State Police.
The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith.
Citizens are encouraged to report suspicions of public corruption to the Southern Illinois
Corruption Task Force Tip Line at (618) 589-7373.