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Man Who Served President ‘Clinton Burger’ Indicted on Fraud Charges

July 26, 1994

LONDON, Ohio (AP) _ A deli owner who gained more publicity than he might have wanted when he served the president a ″Clinton Burger″ in February has been indicted on fraud charges.

Charlie Shaw was indicted Monday by a Franklin County grand jury on charges that he defrauded the state of more than $5,000 in workers compensation payments. If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Shaw said he is innocent.

It all started when Clinton, who had just toured a police academy to promote his anti-crime package, saw a sign advertising the special at Charlie’s House of Meats and Deli. The president made an unscheduled stop and ordered the ″Clinton Burger″ - complete with bacon, cheese, mushrooms, onions and a special ″Clinton sauce.″

Shaw became an instant celebrity in the small town about 25 miles east of Columbus.

But soon afterward, the state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation claimed Shaw was operating his own business while collecting disability benefits for an injury he said he suffered in a previous job. And the Madison County Health Department said Shaw did not have a required food-service permit when he served Clinton.