He ended up hungry and sick in a homeless shelter — the victim of an Internet dating scam. Social workers were stunned to find Cary Dolego, 53, sitting on a city street last Wednesday, behaving strangely and suffering from pneumonia. Dolego, who ran for Arizona governor just last year, had traveled to Ukraine this spring to do research for an engineering project and look for a wife.
He says he met a woman named Yulia online and, hoping to marry her, went to her hometown of Chernivtsi. With nowhere to go and no money left, Dolego spent days roaming the streets of Chernivtsi along with other homeless men until he was picked up by social workers and taken to a shelter. He spoke to The Associated Press by phone Wednesday from a hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. Related story — Red Tape: The high cost of being a fool for online love.
A woman who acknowledges being Yulia says she had been unaware of Dolego's existence during the Internet fling. The woman, who declined to give her last name out of fear of attracting publicity, said in an interview with the AP that someone had hacked into her account on an Internet dating site and had been communicating with Dolego on her behalf, charging Dolego for those e-mails. The woman, who was contacted through a mobile phone number provided by Dolego, acknowledged that the account he'd been interacting with on the site was hers.
She denied being part of any scam. Yulia, a year-old doctor by kiev dating scams, said that after she found out what happened to Dolego, she paid him a visit to express her sympathy. Before his Ukrainian adventure, Dolego, of Queen Creek, Arizona, says he was pursuing a bachelor's degree in organizational studies at the University of Arizona. Passionate about engineering, he claims to have designed a "lifesaving" method to keep ships from sinking and aircraft from disintegrating during a crash.
He says he sold his house, truck and motorbike and left for Ukraine to further study the method here. But Dolego, a twice kiev dating scams father of three, also had another goal — finding love with a beautiful East European woman. After finding no support for his project in various Ukrainian cities and being evicted from a room he was renting, he said he boarded a train to Chernivtsi, hoping finally to meet his Yulia and settle down.
After he arrived, Yulia stopped answering his e-mails. He was reduced to sleeping on the streets and seeking shelter at a local railway station, according to social workers. Beridze said that besides being understandably worn out and ill after days of living on the streets, Dolego was exhibiting abnormal behavior.
He is acting strangely. Beridze's group has contacted the U. Embassy in Kiev and is planning to buy Dolego a train ticket to Kiev, the capital, from where he could fly back to the United States. Embassy declined to comment, citing the Privacy Act.
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