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November 09, 2010
Ex-Carpenters Union Manager Gets Prison for $85K Credit Card Bill On Go-Go Bars
Source: The Star Ledger
By: Kristine Snodgrass

SOMERVILLE — The former business manager of a Somerville carpenters union was sentenced yesterday to 28 months in prison for embezzling about $85,000 from the union through unauthorized use of its credit card, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

Shawn Clark, 45, of Branchburg was convicted in May of one count of conspiracy to embezzle and 14 counts of embezzling from Local 455 of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.

Prosecutors at the trial presented evidence that Clark had spent $65,000 in seven years at go-go bars across the state — sometimes spending more than $1,000 in a single day — and charging it all to an American Express account belonging to the union. Other improper charges to the card included office supplies, postage and restaurants, prosecutors said.

His lawyers had countered that union members had approved the charges as part of his responsibility to solicit business for the union with contractors and construction executives.

In addition to the prison term, Clark was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be determined at a later date, Fishman said.



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