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Case Number: 5:21-cr-00013-KDB-DCK
Judge: Kenneth D. Bell
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (Macklenburg County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Charlotte, NC: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with embezzlement.
Richard Allen Clark, 55, of Lenoir, N.C., was indicted for embezzling more than $1 million from his former employer.
According to filed court documents and statements made in court, from 2013 to 2019, Clark was employed as an office manager for two family-owned businesses in Lenoir, and was responsible for, among other things, handling the companies’ bookkeeping and financial records, making payments to vendors and the IRS, and reconciling the companies’ bank accounts. Clark used his position and his access to the companies’ financial records and bank accounts to embezzle more than $1 million from his employers. Court records show that Clark stole money from a company bank account the owner had directed Clark to close. Instead of closing the account, Clark used it to steal from his employer, by instructing customers to make payments to that account.
Clark also admitted that he laundered the funds he embezzled from his employer by withdrawing customer funds from the company’s bank account through multiple fraudulent checks payable to himself, which he deposited into personal bank accounts. Clark then used the stolen funds to pay for his personal lifestyle, including to make payments for his home mortgage, to make auto loan payments for an F-150 truck and other vehicles, to install a home theater system, and to pay for travelling and shopping expenses, among other things.
Clark also filed a fraudulent U.S. income tax return for tax year 2018 by deliberately failing to claim the additional income he stole from his employers.
At today’s sentencing hearing, representatives of the victim company spoke in Court about the detrimental impact of Clark’s fraud on their company, and the personal and financial hardship they sustained as a result of the defendant’s criminal conduct.
On June 3, 2021, Clark pleaded guilty to mail fraud, money laundering, and making a false statement on his tax return. He will be ordered to report to the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.
In making today’s announcement, Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer commended IRS-CI and USPIS for their investigation of the case and thanked the Caldwell County Sheriff’s office for their invaluable assistances.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Savage of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.
18:1341 and 2 MAIL FRAUD AFFECTING A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION
26:7206(1) MAKING AND SUBSCRIBING A FALSE RETURN
18:1956(a)(1)(B)(i) CONCEALMENT MONEY LAUNDERING
Outcome: Imprisonment for a term of 48 Mos. as to counts 3 and 11 and 36 Mos. as to count 10, all such terms to run concurrent to each other; Supervised Release for a term of 1 Yr. as to each of counts 3, 10 and 11, all such terms to run concurrent to each other; $300 Assessment; Restitution $1,174,750.18