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Madison man charged with financial crimes six years after police contacted

MADISON (WKOW) – A Madison man was charged with financial crimes six years after a business owner reported her suspicions of theft to police.

49-year old Scott C. Jensen is scheduled to appear in Dane County court Monday.  He’s charged with four counts of felony theft of over $10,000 in each crime.  Jensen is free on a signature bond.

A criminal complaint against Jensen states a combination of fraudulent cash advances, credit advances, thefts from daily sales and gift certificates, and forgeries between 2010-2013 in connection with his position as a bookkeeper with Java Cat coffee house totaled $157,246.

Java Cat owner Renee Raspiller says she reported her suspicions about Jensen’s actions to Madison Police in 2013.

“Six years is a long time to wait for a crime to be investigated and charged,”  Raspiller tells 27 News.

Raspiller hired Jensen, even though he served three years in federal prison for embezzlement by a bank employee.  Court records show Jensen was discharged early from the probation portion of his sentence in part due to his job at Java Cat.

“Mr. Jensen is living within his means,”  U.S Probation Officer Helen Healy Raatz said in September 2011.

“He served his time,” Raspiller says.  “I thought he deserved a second chance.”

“I was so shocked,” Raspiller says about discovering missing funds.  “I could not realize the extent of what he’d done.  I couldn’t believe it.”

Raspiller says the thefts left the business owing thousands of dollars to suppliers.  She tells 27 News she was counseled by an attorney to file for bankruptcy and close the Monona Avenue business.

Raspiller tells 27 News she’s worked with her creditors and restored Java Cat’s solvency.

Records show in connection with Jensen’s 2007 federal prosecution, he made restitution of $212,00.

Absent any prosecution for the alleged crimes at Java Cat, Raspiller filed a lawsuit against Jensen in 2016 in an attempt to recover some of the stolen money.  The case remains pending.

She says it’s difficult for her to hope for restitution in the current, criminal case given how much time elapsed between her crime report and the filing of charges.  “Frankly, I’m not sure why it took as long as it did,” Raspiller tells 27 News.  “That’s been part of the ongoing trauma for me.”

Court records state Jensen’s attorney John Bradley noted the charges were brought against Jensen just before the statute of limitations on the crimes was about to expire.

27 News first asked a representative of the Dane County district attorney’s office about the status of the Jensen case in March 2017.  A reporter was told in response to that inquiry and subsequent inquiries the case remained under investigation.

Raspiller says a Madison Police official initially told her a forensic audit of her business operations was needed before a police investigation would begin.  She tells 27 News the audit results were turned over to police in 2014.

“I think our system is broken,”  Raspiller says of Dane County’s criminal justice apparatus.

Bradley has yet to reply to a request for comment from 27 News on the charges against Jensen.

Jensen is listed online as a sales and leasing consultant for a Madison-based, auto dealership.

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Tony Galli

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