CHICAGO (SCS) — Just days before her trial is scheduled to start, accused serial con artist Candace Clark accepted a plea deal on all six felony charges she had faced.
Cook County prosecutors confirmed Wednesday that Clark has now pleaded guilty to five counts of theft by deception and one count of impersonating a state employee, in exchange for a recommendation that she would serve five years in prison. The actual sentence will rest with a Cook County judge.
Jury selection was scheduled to begin Friday during Clark’s trial. That trial was originally scheduled to start in April, but was postponed after the judge and prosecutor in the case were seized with COVID-19.
Over two years ago, you first heard the name Candace Clark. In January 2020, TSTIME 2 investigators told you the twisted story of his deceptions dating back decades; renting luxury houses and never paying rent, and pretending to be a high state official among them.
Chicago police arrested her shortly after our reports aired.
The most serious charges involve Clark using false documents to rent luxury homes in Lincoln Park and never paying rent – over $80,000.
Prosecutors initially offered Clark a deal to plead guilty to all six counts, and in exchange for a recommended sentence of 4½ years in January, but when she asked for an additional 60 days to put in order in his affairs At a hearing in his case in February, a judge said no, and Clark.
With a plea deal now in place, Clark is expected to be formally sentenced June 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Clark was placed under electronic surveillance pending sentencing.