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Strip-Club Bills Paid With Union Cash as Corruption Cases Rise

Shawn Clark, a New Jersey carpenters’ union officer, used his local’s credit card to run up $50,000 in bills over seven years at Double D’s, a Morristown strip club, according to an indictment. Now he’s in prison for 28 months.

Clark, 46, is among an increasing number of U.S. union officials and members accused of stealing from organized labor to feed gambling habits, buy jewelry and show horses or pay personal bills, a review of U.S. Labor Department reports by Bloomberg Government found. Convictions of union leaders and staff on embezzlement and related criminal charges in fiscal 2010 were the most since 2006, the review showed.