Cornish arrested for fraudulent schemes, theft

Charles Cornish (submitted photo)

Charles Cornish (submitted photo)

One man has been arrested after stealing thousands of dollars from an acquaintance, according to Paradise Valley police.

On July 14, a report was made by an individual who thought that she had been defrauded of $4,000 by an acquaintance.

The victim stated that while visiting a friend and her fiance at a local resort she has become physically ill in the room and was subsequently transported to a local hospital to be evaluated.

After being released, the victim began receiving phone calls and text messages from the fiance, now identified as Charles C. Cornish, 28, indicating that he was charged $4,000 in fees by the resort to replace furniture due to the victim’s illness and asking her to reimburse him, the police said.

Eventually the victim was able to obtain $4,000 and gave it to Mr. Cornish.

Later, Mr. Cornish contacted the victim again stating that there were now additional fees totaling another $1,800 that were charged to his credit card for carpet replacement. It was then that the victim became suspicious and contact the Paradise Valley Police Department.

The case was investigated by the Criminal Investigations Unit and it was determined through interviews and document research that no fees were ever charged to Mr. Cornish by the resort for the replacement of furniture or carpet, police officials said.

On July 25, members of the CIU and patrol located Mr. Cornish at his residence and took him into custody. In a subsequent interview with investigators, Mr. Cornish admitted that he had made up the story about the resort fees in order to obtain the money from the victim.

Mr. Cornish indicated that he did so in order to pay medical bills.

Mr. Cornish was charged with one court of Fraudulent Schemes and one court of Theft. He was booked into Maricopa County Sheriff Office’s Fourth Avenue Jail.

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