Jason Elliot Clark, 48, of Shakopee, was convicted of one count identity theft and four counts of theft by swindle in Scott County District Court July 9. Court documents allege he took financial advantage of three victims with whom he had personal relationships, taking a total of $74,000 from them.

According to the criminal complaint, a victim contacted the Shakopee Police Department Dec. 3, 2019 and said Clark was the victim’s manager at Sam’s Club in Shakopee, where they both worked. During the time they knew each other, Clark told the victim he needed money for medical procedures, depression medication, travel expenses and more. According to the complaint, from March 2018 through November 2019, Clark took nearly $120,000 from the victim, promising he'd pay her back. 

During the Shakopee Police Department’s investigation, two more victims were discovered, according to the complaint.

The second victim, who knew Clark personally, said Clark opened a credit card in the victim’s name without the victim’s knowledge or permission. According to the complaint, Clark racked up $58,000 on the credit card. The victim also told officers Clark “borrowed” $7,500 to “go to New York to get his book published.”

The third victim told authorities she agreed to loan Clark $4,600 for what he said was a needed medical procedure for his foot, which he never paid back. 

Clark admitted to officers he never needed money for medical procedures, medication, travel expenses or a book. Officers arrested Clark Jan. 9 at his house in Shakopee.

The maximum sentence for Clark’s most severe charge is 20 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. His sentencing date is set for Oct. 12.

Correction: An earlier version of this article included the initial findings of the total amount of money investigators believed Clark swindled. The actual amount of money Clark swindled was far greater, as now indicated in the article, and an additional victim has been identified. 

Maddie DeBilzan graduated with a journalism degree from Bethel University. She’s interned at Salon Media and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Outside of work, she sifts through Goodwill clothing racks, listens to Ben Rector's music and goes on long runs.


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