Former Perry County Agricultural Society Treasurer Charged With Fraud | USAO-SDIL

PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. – The former treasurer of the Perry County Agricultural Society (“PCAS”) is
on federal charges for defrauding PCAS over $ 100,000. Billy E. Harris, 47, is
charged with 10 counts of postal fraud. Harris was PCAS Treasurer from 2011 to 2018 and
currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

The PCAS manages all the festivals at the Perry County Fairgrounds in Pinckneyville, including the
Perry County Fair. According to the indictment, from June 5, 2012 to October 3, 2018, Harris
used the PCAS bank account to pay personal expenses and purchase items for personal use.
Indictment lists many personal items Harris allegedly purchased using PCAS
funds, including a WiFi router, Apple AirPods, Himalayan salt lamp air purifier, Darth Vader and
Yoda custom animal tags, a pair of Star Wars men’s sleep pants, a floating pool fountain, a CPAP
tube cleaning brush and “beard lubricant”. Many items are said to have been purchased through Amazon.
Harris is also responsible for issuing checks on the PCAS account payable to himself and his wife.
and forging the signature of a member of the PCAS board of directors on the checks.

Harris is scheduled to appear in court for the first time on July 19, 2021 before a U.S. magistrate
Judge Reona Daly of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. If he is found guilty, he
faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each count. A judge of a federal district court
determine any sentence after reviewing US sentencing guidelines and other
The factors.

An indictment is only an allegation and all accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty
beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

The St. Louis office of the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Pinckneyville Police Department
are investigating the case, with assistance from the Perry County State Attorney’s Office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Verseman is pursuing the case.

Amalia H. Mercado