Corrupt union big awaits typical wrist-slap

Labor-states go easy on union-dues embezzlers

The federal court trial of a former union official charged with conspiracy and embezzlement has been postponed until May.

The trial of Branchburg resident Shawn Clark, the former business manager of Local 455 of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a former trustee of Raritan Valley Community College, now is scheduled to begin May 3. The trial before United States District Judge Anne W. Thompson in Trenton had been scheduled originally to begin Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Clark, who served on the college board from 2003 until his resignation shortly after he was indicted in June 2009, is free on $100,000 bail. Clark had served as the board's first assistant treasurer.

According to the indictment brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Clark used an American Express credit card issued to the union to make more than 450 charges totaling more than $65,000 at 14 different gentleman's clubs in Central Jersey.

Clark made 331 charges totaling $49,709 at Double D's in Morristown, 26 charges totaling $3,561 at Torpedo's in Bound Brook, and nine charges totaling $2,359 at Pure Go Go in Manville, among others, according to the indictment.

"These expenditures were for his own personal benefit and not for conducting official union business," the indictment said.

(from mycentraljersey.com)

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