Trucking Company Owner Sentenced, Ordered to Pay Restitution to Truckers

January 27, 2014

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The owner, operator, and president of East, St. Louis, Ill.-based Clark Trucking and Excavation was  sentenced to 33 months in prison late last week.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, said that William Patrick “Pat” Clark also received three years of supervised release, a $1,000 special assessment and was ordered to make restitution to his truck drivers in the total amount of $273,118.43.

In a September 2013 trial, a jury found Clark guilty on ten felony counts charging him with making false statements.

Clark unlawfully profited from a scheme in which he submitted to the Missouri Department of Transportation false payroll certifications claiming to have paid required prevailing wages to his employees on the federally funded I-64 Highway project.

He cheated his employees by paying only about $15 per hour, rather than the required $35.45 per hour (without approved fringe benefits) for truck drivers on the project. Nine of his drivers testified at trial.

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 project. Clark Trucking had collected about $1.6 million for its hauling work.

Clark was indicted in 2011 on ten false statement charges that carried a penalty of up to five-years in prison each, a fine of up to $250,000 and three years supervised release. 

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