fairbanks man convicted of fraud
Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen Loeffler announced today that a Fairbanks man was convicted in federal court in Fairbanks for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, passing fraudulent checks and impersonating a federal officer.
On August 3, 2011, William James Clark, of Fairbanks, Alaska, was convicted on his pleas of guilty to the charges. The offenses took place in Fairbanks and other parts of Alaska, and at locations outside Alaska, between March and August 2010.
According to court records, Clark passed more than 200 fraudulent checks within and outside Alaska, and while in Alaska, falsely impersonated an officer in the United States Army, which facilitated the passing of some of the false checks. During the time of these activities, Clark possessed two hand guns and ammunition. He has previously been convicted of felony offenses of impersonating a federal officer and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Clark now awaits sentencing on October 21, 2011, in Fairbanks. The maximum sentence is 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence imposed will be based on the seriousness of the offenses and Clark’s prior criminal history.
The U. S. Coast Guard Investigative Service in Juneau, where the offenses came to light, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the charges in this case.