Former Metro East police officer sentenced to prison for fraud | USAO-SDIL

EAST STREET. LOUIS, Illinois – A former police officer from the village of Alorton, Illinois, will be
spending time in federal prison after falsifying thousands of hours on his timesheets. Ricky Perry,
51, of East Saint Louis, Illinois, was sentenced today to 10 months in custody, consisting of 5
months in prison and 5 months house arrest after his release.

United States Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft said, “The overwhelming majority of police officers are
honorable public servants who put their lives on the line to protect us. But the
must be consequences for those rare situations where officers break the laws they are sworn to uphold.
We will continue to enforce the law impartially against all who break it.

FBI Special Agent in Charge David Nanz said, “The cornerstone of public trust
in law enforcement rests on the expectation that each person who takes an oath to protect and
serving the public will do so with integrity. The FBI is committed to maintaining trust in the law
enforcement by holding those who break the law accountable for their actions.

According to court documents, Perry started out as a patrol officer with the Alorton Police Department.
in August 2017. During his first six months, Perry began falsifying his timesheets to hide the fact
that he didn’t really patrol the jurisdiction during his shifts. In fact, almost every shift
that Perry claimed to be patrolling Alorton, he fled the jurisdiction without
justification or approval. He usually drove to his home outside Alorton, where he parked his
patrol car outside his house and sometimes ignored calls from dispatchers. Perry was often the only
patrol boat on duty at that time.

Between May 2018 and April 2021, Perry clocked around 4,000 hours as an Alorton Patrol
agent while out of jurisdiction. He received $60,346.25 based on his
false statements. As part of his sentence, Perry was ordered to repay this money in
refund plus a small fine. He will also spend a year on probation after
his time in prison and house arrest.

The investigation was led by the Southern Illinois Public Corruption Task Force, which
consists of agents from the FBI Springfield and the Illinois State Police.
The prosecution was led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith and Luke J. Weissler.

Citizens are encouraged to report any suspicion of public corruption to the Southern Illinois Public
Corruption Task Force Tip Line at (618) 589-7373.

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