A Shakopee man, Jason Elliot Clark, age 48, was convicted of one count of identity theft and four counts of theft by swindle in Scott County District Court on July 9 for his crimes against two victims, taking a total of $74,000.
According to the criminal complaint to the Shakopee Police Department in 2019, Clark had been a manager at Sam’s Club where he worked with one of the victims. He told the victim that he needed money for medical procedures, his depression and more. Over a 7-month period of time, the victim gave Clark more than $26,000.
During the initial investigation, a second victim was discovered by law enforcement. The person involved knew Clark personally and said that he had opened a credit card in the individual’s name without their knowledge or consent. Clark charged more than $40,000 to the credit card according to the complaint. The second victim also “borrowed” Clark $7,500 to go to New York and get a book published.
Clark admitted that he never needed the money for medical reasons or to publish a book. He could face up to 20 years in prison and $100,000 in fines when he is sentenced, which is set for October 12.