Metro-East News

Alorton’s city manager indicted for allegedly giving false statements

Lamar Gentry, who is Alorton’s city manager and TIF administrator, has been indicted by the U.S. attorney’s office in Southern Illinois for allegedly giving false statements to federal agents investigating shots fired from a car belonging to Gentry.

Gentry must appear in federal court before Judge Donald G. Wilkerson at 11 a.m. Jan. 31 to answer the indictment. Charges allege Gentry gave a “false statement to the Southern Illinois Public Corruption Task Force.”

Attempts to reach Gentry were not successful. The indictment was issued Jan. 17.

A car belonging to the village of Alorton was located in St. Louis by police who were looking for a vehicle matching the description of the one belonging to Gentry.

On Sept. 19, some officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department were investigating reports of shots being fired from a car. The vehicle was described as a white Chevrolet Impala, a federal indictment said.

Sometime later in the evening, the officers spotted a car matching the description of the one they were looking for and they attempted to stop it, the indictment says. It was located in the 8300 block of Page Boulevard in St. Louis.

The unnamed occupants inside of the car jumped out and fled on foot. Police ran the license plates and learned the vehicle was registered to Gentry as Alorton’s village administrator, the indictment said.

Federal agents with the Illinois Public Corruption Task Force assisted St. Louis police officers in their investigation to determine whether federal crimes had been committed to include the interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle and possible drug activity, according to the federal indictment.

Gentry, on Oct. 13, while being interviewed by federal agents in the public corruption task force, willfully and with full awareness made materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements in an attempt to obstruct justice, the indictment says. Gentry allegedly told federal agents that the “white Impala had previously been sold and partially paid for.” But, “there was no completed bill of sale and therefore the vehicle had not been sold,” the indictment said.

Gentry was previously convicted for income tax evasion. Bond was set at $10,000.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman Smith.