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Cross-dressing parolees arrested in credit card scam, police say

June 13, 2012 |  7:40 am

Marquet Dorsey, left, and Cornell Jackson.

Manhattan Beach police arrested two male parolees they say dressed as women in a credit card scam in which they allegedly stole items including a $15,000 SUV and more than $1,100 in sunglasses.

Cornell Jackson, 29, and Marquet Dorsey, 24, face multiple felony charges in connection with the scam, said Officer Stephanie Martin of the Manhattan Beach Police Department. The two were arrested June 5 at Jackson's Lakewood home during a probation search, she said.

Investigators say the two ran their scam throughout Southern California and made more than 40 false transactions, in which one of the men would pose as a woman and use an unfunded or fake credit card to make a purchase.

When the card was declined, Martin said, the other suspect would pose as a representative of the credit card company on the phone and provide a fake authorization code to the store employee.

The suspects would later return the items to other stores to get cash, store credit or other property, police said.

Dorsey used a Los Angeles woman's identity to buy the Infiniti SUV in Fontana on May 11, Martin said. About two weeks later, Jackson allegedly paid a $2,900 bill at a Hawthorne Days Inn, she said. The sunglasses, Martin said, were "purchased" by Jackson at a Manhattan Beach store.

Some stolen items were recovered during the June 5 search of Jackson's home, Martin said. Detectives also found the stolen SUV and returned it to the dealership, she said.

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-- Kate Mather
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Photos: Marquet Dorsey, left, and Cornell Jackson. Credit: Manhattan Beach Police Department

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