The Kincheloe man accused of 11 felony counts of fraud was in court Monday for his preliminary exam. Billy Lee Parish allegedly swindled 45 Upper Peninsula residents out of a combined total of nearly $100,000.
Monday, 11 Delta County residents took the stand. Each one believed Parish sold electricity generating windmills. Allegedly, during the sales consultation, Parish would ask for a minimum of $2,000 as a down payment, then would never return.
The 11 felony charges have been changed to one count of larceny by conversion in excess of $20,000. The case is being bound over to Circuit Court.
The charges stem from incidents that occurred May through Nov. 2011. Police questioned Parish after multiple complaints were made to the Sheriffs Department. After questioning, Parish fled the area. He had been on the run since late 2011 and was found living under an alias in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
Additional fraud cases are pending in Menominee and Iron Counties.