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Wall man gets probation, community service for defrauding Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission

By Nikita Biryukov, May 27 2021 2:58 pm

An Ocean County man was sentenced to five years’ probation and 120 hours of community service for false bills submitted to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Thursday.

Andrew Clark, 54 of Wall, was also ordered to pay a $75,000 anti-corruption penalty and must return the $5,972 he charged the commission for expenses he never actually accrued.

Clark pleaded guilty to one third-degree charge of false contract payment claims for a government contract, admitting that he billed the commission for $10,210 in rental costs his firm, Roof Management, Inc., never actually paid.

The sentencing agreement bars Clark from public or quasi-public contracts for five years. Roof Management and A&S Enterprises, two firms he owns, are barred from such contracts for 10 years.

The commission in 2017 entered into a two-year contract with Roof Management for repairs at its Newark plant. Clark billed the commission for equipment rentals from A&S Enterprises.

Those bills drew questions from commission officials, who noticed the company shared an address with Roof Management and later referred the matter to the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability.

The office’s investigation found A&S was a shell company and all the equipment used by Roof Management was owned by Roof Management.

“We’re sending a loud and clear message to dishonest contractors that this type of crime does not pay,” Grewal said. “We’re committed to using all available tools, including New Jersey’s strong criminal laws, to protect the integrity of public contracts and hold bad actors accountable.”

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