August 4, 2021

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Roofer Nailed For Fake Charges In Deal

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  TRENTON – A Wall Township contractor will get rid of his capacity to enter into authorities or quasi-governing administration contracts for five several years when he is sentenced for fraudulently billing a point out agency for bogus costs as element of a roofing deal.

 Attorney Common Gurbir S. Grewal documented Andrew J. Clark, 54 and his businesses had been sentenced currently for fraudulently billing the Passaic Valley Sewerage Fee (“PVSC”), a condition company, for $10,210 in fictitious charges beneath a agreement with the agency.

 Clark, 54, his providers, Roof Management, Inc., and A&S Enterprises, Inc., have been sentenced by Superior Courtroom Decide Sharifa R. Salaam in Essex County. He was sentenced to a 5-12 months term of probation, conditioned on him serving 120 hrs of neighborhood company.

  In addition, he was requested with his providers to pay out restitution to the PVSC and a $75,000 anti-corruption profiteering penalty. Clark will be debarred for a period of 5 decades from all authorities or quasi-government contracts, and the two corporations will be debarred from this sort of contracts for 10 many years.

  Clark pleaded guilty on Sept. 4, 2020 to a 3rd-degree legal demand of fake deal payment promises for a federal government deal. Roof Administration and A&S Enterprises pleaded guilty that working day to next-diploma wrong agreement payment claims for a govt agreement. 

  With his responsible plea, Clark admitted that he falsely billed the PVSC for devices rental prices of $10,210 that he claimed Roof Management incurred beneath the deal with the PVSC.

  There had been no real equipment rentals made and the PVSC disputed the products rental costs, but eventually paid out $5,972 in settlement of that assert.

  “We’re sending a loud and apparent information to dishonest contractors that this sort of criminal offense does not pay back. We’re fully commited to applying all offered applications, such as New Jersey’s sturdy legal regulations, to defend the integrity of public contracts and hold lousy actors accountable,” Attorney Typical Grewal explained.

  “We will carry on to do the job with federal government companies to look into fraud involving community contracts and prosecute dishonest operators who crack the law to enhance their gains,” said OPIA Director Thomas Eicher.

  “We urge any one who has facts about fraud in federal government contracting to get hold of us confidentially at 1-844-OPIA-Recommendations,” Eicher additional.

  OPIA has a toll-free of charge tipline 1-844-OPIA-Suggestions for the community to report corruption.  The AG’s Office has an Anti-Corruption Reward Software that gives a reward of up to $25,000 for guidelines main to a conviction for a criminal offense involving community corruption.  Information is posted at: nj.gov/oag/corruption/reward.html.