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Date: 09-28-2022

Case Style:

United States of America v. Charles Clark

Case Number: 1:22-cr-00100-SE

Judge: Samantha D. Elliott

Court: United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire (Merrimack County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Concord, New Hampshire criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with making false statements.

In July 2020, Charles Clark, age 64, from Merrimack, fraudulently applied for a loan under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Congress had authorized multiple relief programs, including EIDL, to help the millions of Americans and many small businesses adversely affected by the early stages of the COVID pandemic. EIDL funds were issued by the Small Business Administration and were to be used for limited purposes such as payroll expenses, sick leave, and production costs.

In his EIDL application, Clark falsely claimed to have been an independent contractor working in the “Hair & Nail Salon” industry when he was working as a full-time IRS employee. He obtained $62,300 in funds which he then misused by spending them on renovating an investment property he owned.

Clark is scheduled to be sentenced on January 5, 2023.

The case was investigated by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander S. Chen.

18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2) - False Statements

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this sec-
tion, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdic-
tion of the executive, legislative, or judicial
branch of the Government of the United States,
knowingly and willfully—
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any
trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or
fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) makes or uses any false writing or docu-
ment knowing the same to contain any mate-
rially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement
or entry;
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not
more than 5 years or, if the offense involves
international or domestic terrorism (as defined
in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8
years, or both. If the matter relates to an of-
fense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or
section 1591, then the term of imprisonment im-
posed under this section shall be not more than
8 years.
(b) Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to
a judicial proceeding, or that party’s counsel,
for statements, representations, writings or doc-
uments submitted by such party or counsel to a
judge or magistrate in that proceeding.
(c) With respect to any matter within the ju-
risdiction of the legislative branch, subsection
(a) shall apply only to—
(1) administrative matters, including a
claim for payment, a matter related to the
procurement of property or services, personnel
or employment practices, or support services,
or a document required by law, rule, or regula-
tion to be submitted to the Congress or any of-
fice or officer within the legislative branch; or
(2) any investigation or review, conducted
pursuant to the authority of any committee,
subcommittee, commission or office of the
Congress, consistent with applicable rules of
the House or Senate.

Outcome: Defendant pled guilty.

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