The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 15, 2013

Hearing scheduled for California man under investigation in building scam

From The Associated Press

— A California man being investigated for allegedly defrauding Joplin residents after the May 2011 tornado must respond by next week to a warrant based on a Jasper County felony bad check charge.

Clark Baxter, 58, of Dana Point, Calif., is to appear in Orange County Superior Court on Thursday on a fugitive warrant from Missouri. The warrant is based on charges that he wrote an insufficient funds check to a Joplin store in October 2011.

The bad check charge is the only action filed against Clark in Missouri thus far. But the Missouri attorney general’s office is investigating him for a contracting scam in Joplin after the tornado, said Nanci Gonder, spokesman for Attorney General Chris Koster.

Larry and Amy Jump and Megan Snyder said they gave money to Baxter, owner of Sustainable Design Inc., after he came to Joplin and offered to design energy-efficient homes for them to replace properties lost in the tornado.