Thursday, December 9, 2010

N.J. carpenters' unions business manager is sentenced for embezzling $85K

Shawn Clark (left), at the Clarkson S. Fisher Federal Courthouse
Kristine Snodgrass/For The Star-Ledger 

SOMERVILLE — The former business manager of a Somerville carpenters union was sentenced today to 28 months in prison for embezzling about $85,000 from the union through unauthorized use of its credit card, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

Shawn Clark, 45, of Branchburg, was convicted in May of one count of conspiracy to embezzle and 14 counts of embezzling from Local 455 of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.

Prosecutors at the trial presented evidence that Clark had spent $65,000 in seven years at go-go bars across the state, sometimes spending more than $1,000 in a single day, charging it all to an American Express account belonging to the union. Other improper charges to the card included office supplies, postage and restaurants, prosecutors said.

His lawyers had countered that union members had approved the charges as part of his responsibility to solicit business for the union with contractors and construction executives.

In addition to the prison term, Clark was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be determined at a later date, Fishman said.

From about 1996 until June 2008, Clark was employed by the New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters as a business representative, and was also the de facto business manager and a member of Local 455, he said.

Clark was fired from the New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters in June 2008 and was expelled by the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners in January 2009 and fined $50,000, he said.


  1. Hey John Great job thanks for the forum Brother. Now let me say this "Who are the one's that we (the people) put in charge Killers Thieves, and Lawyers. We let them do this shit to us ,so that means we can also undo these things. And again Thanks Brother John for thinking of your fellow human beings. God Speed!!!

  2. I was looking for Jeff Pissonme's name in that article.......Same crime!

  3. i wonder how much time peye will get with all thaty wine and lobsters

  4. and who was paying for all that blow that mike forde put up his nose , plus the weed ? the due's paying member's that's who !!!!!!!

  5. This guy spent 85k in seven years. Are you kidding me. Every agent in the Carpenters organization should go to jail then. How did he spend it and the e-board not know. WTF, this is bullshit. Joe "Beans" Coffie and John Clark outta Newark spend more time in gogos then that. Some one wanted this guy gone!!!!!!! Lets see Frank Spencer’s expenses for December, it would be twice that!

  6. For the record the President of the local Rick "The Dick" Dalrymple signed for evrything and got this guy's job. Nice accountablity!!!!! Kind of like what Spencer is doing here!!!!

  7. Is this right, this agent spent $85,000 over 7 years , went 450 times??? Thats less then $200 a time. How much did the goverment spend going after him. This has got to be a misprint. Thats not even 3 Surf & Turf dinners! What do you spend a day Frank??????????

  8. You're all a bunch of Hypocrits! Are you really that naive? This is how business is done in this country. From the upper levels to the local levels all politicians have expense accounts, accept dinners and lunches and for that matter outright bribes called " lobbying efforts". Where are you supposed to take construction workers and contractors - an ice cream parlor? Get real and stop with the rightous indignation. 65K over 7 years averages to $179 a week. Try taking 4 potential business clients to a Bennigans for a couple beers,appys and a burger for that. Go-Go bars are a legal business and if they serve alchohol, show less than skin than they do on HBO. What if it was a Hooters? Same thing. This guy is a scapegoat for a business practice that is as old as the hills. If it was so wriong why did they let it go on for 7 years? His Union hung him out dry in the name of Political Correctness and fear of the Moral Militia and other hypocritical, self -rightous a**holes who some how, unjustly , have influence in this organization and country.

  9. I see this guy was kicked out, what about the rest of the e-board members? He could not do this for 7 years with out the e-board & council knowing something. Doesn't the council get an L-M 2 report every year? Didn't the local do an audit every couple years?

  10. If thats all he blew I wish we had him here in the city!!!!!!!!!

  11. How about the District Council rehires Dalrymple as an organizer. Makes you wonder what deals were made.

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