Benton, Ill. – A former treasurer of the Perry County Agricultural Association (PCAS) admitted to taking thousands of dollars from the PCAS organization.
Billy E. Harris, 48 years old, St. Louis, was PCAS treasurer from 2011 to October 2018. The organization manages all festivals at the Perry County Fairgrounds in Pinckneyville, Illinois, including the Perry County Fair, according to for a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office.
On Friday, January 14, Harris pleaded guilty to defrauding PCAS of more than $100,000 between June 5, 2012 and October 3, 2018. The funds were used for his personal expenses. him and items purchased on Amazon by electronic debit from PCAS Bank Account.
The items Harris purchased included a Wi-Fi router, Apple AirPods, Himalayan Salt Lamp Air Purifier, Star Wars Darth Vader and Yoda personalized pet tags, and a pair of men’s pajamas in Star Wars, a floating pool fountain, a CPAP hose cleaning brush, and menswear according to the press release.
He also admitted to writing checks to PCAS accounts payable for himself and his spouse and forging board member signatures for those checks.
The sentencing for Harris is set for May 5 at 1:30 pm. He could face up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and a supervised release time of up to three years, according to the press release.
Harris may also be ordered to pay PCAS in full.
Office of St. Louis of the U.S. Postal Service and the Pinckneyville Police Department investigated the incident. The Perry County State Attorney’s Office also assisted with the investigation.
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