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Fraud convict gets fine, probation

Jennifer Clark

A New Richmond woman convicted of bank fraud, forgery and a raft of other felonies was sentenced this month to probation, jail and a hefty fine.

St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman sentenced Jennifer A. Clark, 38, to five years on probation and a $9,091 fine at a July 7 hearing. The sentence also calls for six months of jail time. St. Croix County prosecutor Alexis McKinley said a portion of that time could be stayed depending on Clark's performance in drug court, to which she's been admitted.

McKinley's sentencing recommendation was four years in prison and four years on extended supervision.

Clark's fine includes $2,875 in restitution to Royal Credit Union, the financial institution authorities said she attempted to defraud in October 2015 by cashing a check for that amount. Though Clark claimed the check was payment for a "secret shopper program," New Richmond police later determined the check to be fictitious, according to a criminal complaint.

Sentencing encompassed 12 cases, most of which represented bail jumping charges that were dismissed. The convictions were for one count of felony financial institution fraud and six felony bail jumping counts.

Clark was also convicted by a jury in April of four counts of felony forgery stemming from an April 23, 2015, counterfeiting incident in St. Croix County. She was convicted of a fifth forgery charge after a March trial that stemmed from a July 31, 2015, incident that also involved counterfeiting.

A total of 35 felony bail jumping charges issued between 2015 and 2017 were dismissed as part of a global sentence.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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