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Candace Clark, accused serial con artist, has been arrested


CHICAGO (CBS)– Accused serial scammer Candace Clark has been arrested, following a series of investigations on CBS 2.

CBS 2 tracked Clark and discovered that she was involved in several elaborate scams that cost Chicago tens of thousands of dollars.

She is accused of scamming everyone from old people to millionaires.

CBS 2 political investigator Dana Kozlov knows more about how they finally caught her.

Victim after victim told CBS 2 that Clark was the woman who cheated them out of tens of thousands of dollars — or rent money.

Fiori Hadera is one such owner; renting his two million dollar Lincoln Park home to Clark – who never paid them a dime.

“It’s very painful,” Hadera said. “I hope they lock him up forever.”

Now, a source tells CBS 2 that Clark is behind bars in District 11. She was arrested Friday morning at a Gold Coast Starbucks by members of the US Marshals Service and the Chicago Police Financial Crimes Unit.

They tracked her down to Starbucks where they called her cell, confirmed she was inside, then rushed to arrest her.

Calmly.

It’s a moral victory, but not a financial one for Hadera, who said Clark left her house damaged almost beyond repair.

“There’s no hope of getting any money from her,” Hadera said.

In Dorothy Tucker’s reports, she showed how victims said Clark used fake documents that she cut, glued and put together like a puzzle to get people to rent to her. Other victims said Clark hired actors to help her organize fake business events, where in one instance she posed as a state official – also illegal. All could potentially result in criminal charges.

Since the US Marshals Service was also involved, it’s unclear whether Clark could be charged with federal or state crimes — or both.

She was wearing a hat, a t-shirt and had several fake IDs on her, according to police sources.

Find previous CBS 2 investigations here.


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