In the words of prosecutors, the bar tabs of Shawn Clark were “epic.”
Amid thumping music and twirling dancers, the former labor union official dropped $65,000 in seven years at go-go bars across New Jersey.
On average, prosecutors say, he hit clubs once or twice a week, buying pints of beer, bottles of chardonnay and shots of liquor chased by fizzy energy drinks at places like Johnny A’s Hitching Post in Paterson, Double D’s in Morristown and Pure Go Go in Manville. Some days he spent more than $1,000.
And every round, prosecutors say, was illegally charged to an American Express account belonging to the union where Clark was business manager.
“We are talking about hundreds and hundreds of liquid lunches, some lasting three to four hours … all on the union credit card,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan W. Romankow said during opening arguments today at Clark’s federal trial in Trenton.