Alaska man sentenced in Morgan County scheme

Times Recorder

An Alaska man is headed to prison after defrauding 15 victims out of money, property and services valued at more than $750,000, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Morgan County Prosecutor Mark Howdyshell said on Monday.

Andrew J. Jensen, 31, of Anchorage, was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison and was ordered to pay restitution to his victims. The sentence was handed down by visiting Judge Michael Ward in the Morgan County Court of Common Pleas.

An investigation by Yost’s Economic Crimes Unit and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office revealed Jensen stole cash and property totaling $238,695 from an elderly Morgan County man between July 2014 and March 2017. Jensen then used the stolen money to con other victims into believing he was independently wealthy.

“The primary target of this guy’s scheme was an elderly man with dementia, the epitome of vulnerability,” Yost said. “Instead of treating him like a human being, Jensen exploited this victim like a personal ATM. But justice has finally caught up to Jensen thanks to a strong partnership between law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels.”

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