Prior to reconnecting with Dorian Wilkerson decades after high school, Shareza Jackson was a published author and worked as a regional director of a Fortune 500 company. Besides that, the 44-year-old was also a homeowner and had two luxury cars.
So when Wilkerson established contact with her and they eventually started their romantic relationship, Jackson thought it was going to be a “happily ever after” story as she felt he was the missing piece to the puzzle. But that wasn’t the case as Jackson said she later got to know her husband was a scammer with a criminal history, Daily Mail reported.
The now single mother in an interview with the news outlet said she and Wilkerson knew each other from high school, adding that her ex-husband initially established contact with her on Facebook in 2014. That was decades after their high school days.
Jackson said Wilkerson told her he was a medical doctor at Emory Hospital in Atlanta and an epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control. “He was tall, dark and handsome, and he was very accomplished,” she recalled. “He was not just an MD but also a Ph.D. and attended these prestigious universities and would lecture around the country on vaccines and infectious disease.”
The pair eventually got married in 2016 before Jackson filed for divorce after six years. She said that during their marriage, she offered financial support to Wilkerson in the opening of a cosmetic center that would provide procedures including breast augmentation, tummy tucks, and Brazilian butt lifts.
Jackson said she gave her ex-husband $401,000 to set up the facility, adding that though she was initially not too involved in the running of the business, she later realized they were running losses though they were being actively booked by clients. She told Daily Mail she ultimately quit her corporate job to focus on the business.
But during the course of their marriage, she said several women reached out to her to warn her about Wilkerson. She said they told her that Wilkerson is a “dangerous person and is not who he says he is.”
Jackson also said it became clear Wilkerson wasn’t who he said he was after she saw a text message he sent to his friend. Wilkerson in the text said Jackson was no longer useful to him as she was “broke.”
She also discovered many things about her ex-husband’s past when she started investigating him. Besides allegedly scamming other women, it turned out that Wilkerson had a criminal history and he had previously been charged with assault and battery, family violence, stalking, theft, and extortion. Wilkerson had also been initially fined for posing as a doctor.
“When people start finding out about him he tries to silence them and goes after their livelihood and freedom,” Jackson said. “Nothing ever happens to him and he continues to swindle women and business owners and scares them so they don’t come for him.”
Jackson in March filed for divorce and followed it with a civil lawsuit against Wilkerson in October. In the divorce filing, Jackson claims her “husband forged wife’s name on documents to obtain loans and for his own personal gain.”
She also alleges that her ex-husband “has a pattern of defrauding women and leaving them with high debt once he feels he can no longer benefit from them anymore”, adding that “wife became aware husband was previously convicted for fraud, a conviction which husband downplayed and about which he misled wife.”
The filing further states that Wilkerson went “so far as to fabricate parts of his past to wife. For example, husband mispresented that he was formerly an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”, Daily Mail reported.
Jackson also accused Wilkerson of infidelity. “Upon information and belief, several accusation of sexual harassment have been made against husband by third parties,” the filing states. Jackson said her ex-husband scammed her out of $1.4 million in total.
Wilkerson, however, did not respond to the allegations when he was contacted.