Crime

Charlotte man sentenced in warranty claim scheme

The owner of several Charlotte-area appliance repair companies was sentenced this week to 30 months in federal prison for submitting nearly $577,000 in false work order claims to Samsung.

John Wesley Clark, 42, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

Clark admitted to submitting the fake claims from 2010 through 2012 to a major electronics company based in New Jersey. The claims resulted in payments of nearly $577,000 for work that was never performed, prosecutors said.

Records show Clark owned and operated JA Appliance Co., Fitzgerald Appliance Co., BR Appliance, C&A Appliance Co., D&L Appliance Co. and J&S Appliance Co..

Clark, sometimes using an alias, established his companies as authorized service centers for the major electronics company, according to court records. He then submitted fraudulent warranty work orders that listed, among other things, fake customer information, addresses, part numbers and repair dates, prosecutors said.

For tax years 2010 through 2012, Clark failed to report all of the income he obtained through the false claims on his federal tax returns, prosecutors said.

Chief U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney also ordered Clark to pay nearly $577,000 as restitution to Samsung and $184,710 as restitution to the IRS.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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