Fugitive from 2008 Tampa fraud charges sentenced to prison

Mark Warren Jackson, 62, pleaded guilty in 2008 but left town. He was arrested in Cary, N.C., in March.

Mark Warren Jackson, 62, pleaded guilty in 2008 but left town. He was arrested in Cary, N.C., in March.

TAMPA — Mark Warren Jackson, 62, was supposed to go to prison for a bank and mail fraud conspiracy five years ago but didn't show up to learn how long.

The one-time Tampa lawyer was sentenced Monday to more than 11 years in prison after he was arrested in Cary, N.C., in March under an assumed name.

From 2000 to 2004, he and co-conspirator William Wayne Dykstra stole mail, produced fraudulent identification documents, opened bank accounts in other people's names and withdrew money, defrauding financial institutions, court records say.

The two pleaded guilty in 2008. Dykstra has already served his sentence of two years and nine months. He and Jackson have been ordered to pay restitution of $166,796 and a forfeiture money judgment of $200,000.

Postal inspector Doug Smith said Jackson got a driver's license in South Carolina using the name of a Florida prison inmate. He bought a car and rented an apartment. He broke off family ties, Smith said, and found a girlfriend.

Jackson's new life was halted by his arrest in connection with a counterfeit check scam in North Carolina. A Wells Fargo employee thought Jackson and his Toyota Camry fit the description of a suspect sought by police.

His fingerprints didn't fit his name. Instead, they pointed to a man already convicted of committing similar crimes in the Tampa Bay area.

Jackson was admitted to the Florida Bar in February 1987 and listed an address on N Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. He lived in Pinellas County, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported.

Patty Ryan can be reached at pryan@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3382.

Fugitive from 2008 Tampa fraud charges sentenced to prison 09/17/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:10pm]

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