• Ill. trucking company owner facing federal prison for cheating employees

    by  • September 16, 2013 • News

    The owner of a southwestern Illinois trucking business faces up to 50 years in federal prison after being convicted of filing false paperwork. Gavel_and_money

    Federal jurors in East St. Louis found 40-year-old William “Pat” Clark of Worden guilty on Friday of 10 felony counts of making a false statement.  The trial lasted four days.

    Authorities say that as owner of Clark Trucking and Excavation in East St. Louis, Clark illegally profited from submitting bogus paperwork. The documents claimed he paid required prevailing wages to his employees on a federally funded freeway project.

    Federal prosecutors say Clark cheated his employees by paying only about $15 per hour, rather than the required $35.45 per hour.

    Clark also faces up to $2.5 million in fines when he’s sentenced Jan 24.