The national parole board decided on April 9 to continue the statutory release of a fraudster who conned friends and family members out of some $1.4 million over a period of eight years.
Douglas Archie Clark, 66, was granted day parole on Oct. 9, 2012, after serving one-third of his three-year sentence.
The board decided this month to allow his continued parole until the end of his sentence for 11 counts of fraud.
Between 2000 and 2008 he approached friends, family, business associates and other acquaintances to request money to fund treatments for a health condition. His own son was one of his 54 identified victims. He told some of his victims he would repay them with the proceeds of a military pension which he did not have.
As conditions of his continued parole, Clark is not allowed to gamble or consume drugs or alcohol. He must also disclose his financial information to his supervisor, and also report social and family relationships and contacts.
The board removed one of the special conditions originally imposed on Clark – that he participate in mental health treatment. This was decied because his psychologist advises he has dealt with the factors associated with his risk to reoffend.
One of his sentencing conditions was to repay $500,000 in restitution to 11 of his victims. To date he has made no payments. The parole board’s decision sheet notes that he has “accumulated a substantial amount of money from pension payments.”