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Former Alorton cop indicted, accused of salary fraud

Former Alorton cop indicted, accused of salary fraud

Alorton Village Hall

A federal agent opens the door of Alorton Village Hall in 2012. Photo by David Carson.

ST. CLAIR COUNTY — A former Alorton police officer was indicted on a federal felony charge Tuesday, accused of fraudulently claiming 654 hours of pay, often while he was at home.

Jay A. Cobb, 57, was indicted in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on a charge of obtaining funds by fraud. 

The indictment says that between January 2020, when Cobb was hired, and April of 2021, Cobb submitted time cards claiming $9,815 for about 654 hours when GPS records showed he was "outside … Alorton without authority for personal reasons, usually at his residence in Cahokia."

FBI agents compared Cobb's time sheets with the GPS records of police vehicles that he used, the indictment says.

Cobb is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 25 to plead not guilty.

No lawyer is listed for Cobb in online court records and he could not immediately be reached for comment.

The village of Alorton, which was periodically in the news due to criminal investigations of or charges filed against its public officials, merged with the village of Cahokia and the city of Centreville this year, becoming the city of Cahokia Heights.

Former Alorton Officer Ricky Perry, 51, pleaded guilty last month and admitted getting paid about $60,000 for 4,000 hours he falsely claimed to be working for the department. Perry is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

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