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Former Alorton Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Obtaining Funds From the Village of Alorton Police Department by Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

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 
26, 2022.

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.

Updated September 29, 2021