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Man gets 18 months prison for marriage scam

A Minnesota man who agreed to marry a Diamond Bluff woman, then took off with her credit card and other items, was sentenced to 18 months prison Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court.

Raymond E. Jackson, 41, pleaded guilty to felony theft and misdemeanor fraudulent use of a credit card in July. Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing also sentenced Jackson to two years extended supervision upon release.

According to information from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Jackson met the Diamond Bluff woman at Prescott Daze in September 2008.

He moved into her home a couple days before Thanksgiving. The two set a December wedding date in Las Vegas.

About a week before the date, Jackson told the woman he had a business meeting in Grand Forks, N.D., and left.

Instead, Jackson allegedly used the woman's credit card to buy a one-way ticket to Maui. That same day, the woman discovered the charge on her credit card and contacted Frontier Airlines, which informed her of the one-way ticket. She then contacted the sheriff's department.

Besides the credit card, Jackson also allegedly took the woman's laptop computer, cell phone, pearl necklace and other items totaling approximately $7,600. He also took the woman's diamond engagement ring.

Jackson was given credit for 270 days served in jail.