A Treasure Valley building contractor admitted to wire fraud In U.S. District Court Jan. 8 after federal prosecutors said he scammed the government out of nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
Patrick Large, the 62-year-old owner of Quality Tile and Roofing, was sentenced to two years probation (including eight months of home detention) and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine, forfeit another $150,000 and perform 80 hours of community service.
Prosecutors said Large submitted federal applications, indicating he had two employees at an Emmett location, allowing him to secure government contracts totaling $219,287. But federal lawmen said Large orchestrated a scheme to nab the funds.
Feds slapped two other contractors—Construction Service Corporation and McDonald Roofing and Construction, both of Boise—for similar crimes in 2012. CSC was find $65,000 for wire fraud and McDonald Roofing was fined $5,000 for fraud related to government contracting.
“Rest assured, those who find ways to fraudulently benefit from government programs will be brought to justice,” said Lilia E. Ruiz, IRS Criminal Investigation acting special agent in charge for the State of Idaho. “IRS Criminal Investigation will work diligently with our law enforcement partners to combat such fraud.”