Marion Businesswoman Sentenced



47 year old Mimi Wyatt Clark, who ran American Booster Club Co in Marion pleaded guilty to mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Asheville. Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Clark to 33 months in prison and ordered her to pay $136,328 in restitution to 61 victims who made claims. She also must serve three years of supervised probation after her release. Clark’s company solicited money for “spirit” products like mini-footballs and T-shirts for school sports teams. According to an indictment, during the course of the scheme, from about 2006-09, Clark and others at her direction induced about 700 victims to pay more than $1 million for the products. Rather than using donor victim funds to purchase spirit products as represented, Clark refused to fill orders and diverted over 90 percent of donor victim money to other purposes, including payments to herself and using the company checkbooks and debit cards for her own personal spending. Originally there were charges with six counts of mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud. In a deal with prosecutors, she was allowed to plead guilty to a single count of mail fraud.

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Locations : Asheville
People : Marion Businesswoman SentencedMartin ReidingerMimi Wyatt Clark
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