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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 25, 2018

Bridgeville Suboxone Clinic Owner Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Returns

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Washington County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of false income tax returns, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Allan W. Clark, M.D. pleaded guilty to three counts before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Clark was the owner and operator of the South Hills Recovery Project (SHRP), a strictly cash based suboxone clinic located in Bridgeville, Pa. A patient’s first visit fee during the relevant times was $250. The follow up monthly visits were $150. Over the course of 2011, 2012 and 2013, Clark hired approximately 11 different doctors to work part time at SHRP to assist him in handling the follow up visits. Of the $150 collected from the patient for the follow up visit, the 11 doctors were paid approximately half, or $75, and SHRP kept the other $75. Clark did not report all of the cash collected, and used some of it for personal expenses such as improvements on his home.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for November 13, 2018. The law provides for a maximum total sentence per count of three years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Nelson P. Cohen is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations conducted the investigation leading to the information filed in this case.

Topic(s): 
Tax
Updated June 25, 2018