Boise Roofing Contractor Charged with Fraud
Owner of Quality Tile Roofing, Inc. Set for Trial in September
BOISE – Patrick J. Large, 62, of Meridian, Idaho, appeared yesterday on an indictment charging him with 14 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, false statements, and money laundering, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Large was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boise on February 14, 2012; the indictment was unsealed by the court in July. A jury trial is set for September 24, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.
The indictment alleges that from 2003 to 2010, Large executed a scheme to defraud government agencies through the HUBZone program, which is a federal program designed to ensure qualified businesses receive business development assistance through preferences in federal contracting. The indictment also alleges that Large schemed to defraud the government on a service disabled contract that was awarded by the Department of Veteran Affairs. The indictment further alleges a scheme to defraud the federal government through the federal surplus property program, which provides surplus federal property to eligible entities.
Large faces up to 20 years in prison on each count of wire fraud and mail fraud; up to 10 years in prison on each count of money laundering; and up to five years in prison on each count of false statements. The charges also carry a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release, per count.
The case was a joint investigation by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Small Business Administration, General Services Administration, Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, as well as the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command, the Air Force Office of Special Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.
An indictment is a means of charging a person with criminal activity. It is not evidence. The person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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