Meridian contractor gets probation, fine for fraud
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An Idaho roofing contractor has been ordered to pay a $20,000 fine and serve two years on probation for federal wire fraud.
A federal judge also ordered 62-year-old Patrick Large to serve eight months of his probation on home detention and forfeit $150,000.
Large is the owner of Meridian-based Quality Tile and Roofing, Inc. But he pleaded guilty in September to orchestrating a scheme to defraud federal agencies by representing that two of his employees lived in a HUB Zone -- a program that encourages economic development in underutilized business areas.
Prosecutors alleged Large created another company -- McDonald Roofing and Construction -- and said its principal place of business was an in Emmett, which falls within a HUB Zone.
Based on the application, McDonald Roofing received a $218,000 contract.