East St. Louis Trucking Company Owner Indicted
A federal grand jury returned a 10-count Indictment against William Patrick “Pat” Clark, 38, of Worden, IL. Clark is the owner, operator, and president of Clark Trucking and Excavation, LLC. Clark was indicted on ten counts of making a false statement. The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, made the announcement of the indictment today, after Clark had appeared in court to be arraigned. If convicted, Clark faces five years imprisonment on each of the ten false statement charges, a fine of up to $250,000, and 3 years of supervised release. The Indictment alleges that Clark engaged in a scheme in which he falsified records claiming to pay more money to his employees than he was actually paying, which allowed Clark to fraudulently retain money due to his employees. Clark also signed a sworn affidavit falsely claiming satisfaction of labor laws pertaining to the payment of wages to workers in connection with the I-64 reconstruction project.
The charges filed in this case follow a lengthy investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General-Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Kevin F. Burke and Michael J. Quinley.
Please note: An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, that charge is merely an accusation, thus a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty by competent evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.