West Palm Beach Doctor Claims His Much Younger Polish Love Interest Swiped His Debit Card
Joseph Serian was used to the duck-face pout of the young twenty-something girls on Match.com. They were half his age.
When he messaged them -- and he rarely did -- they never replied. After all, he was a 65-year-old optometrist who moved to West Palm Beach in the mid-80s after six of his bargain contact lens delivery companies went bankrupt in Missouri and Ohio. He had separated from his wife of 21 years (with whom he has two daughters) in 2008. He had been on a few coffee dates with middle-aged women since then, but says the women doted too much on their grandchildren.
Then there was Ania Sobura. According to her profile she was 25, new to the area, and looking to meet new people. There was a black and white photo of her smiling, her index finger seductively hanging from her lower lip. In another shot, she was walking along a beach barefoot and in a short dress with her wavy light brown hair falling around her shoulders. After clicking through her online album, the single doctor sent her a long flirty email. Two months later he would regret doing so.
According to a January 4 police report, $506 worth of cash was taken without his permission from his Bank of America debit card. Thirty dollars worth of Haagen Dazs ice cream was also charged along with $80 from a 7-Eleven. "Suspect: Anna Sobura (w/f 06/27/88) currently in U.S. on a tourist visa from Poland," the report states.
What the report doesn't include though is Serian's description of his tumultuous relationship with the young Polish traveler. He claims he met her on Match.com, and spent a weekend with her in his luxury West Palm Beach condo making love, drinking Polish vodka, and swimming in his complex's lagoon-shaped pool. He even introduced her to his daughter at the Blue Martini, even though he was slightly embarrassed they were the same age.
Two weeks later, the doctor says he dropped her off at the airport. Apparently she had been fired and her worker's visa rescinded. He claims she had missed her original flight more than a week before, and he begged her former boss to pay the $150 rescheduling fee. "I was more scared for her deportation than she was," Serian remembers. "She would always smile at me and say we could get married."
While Sobura was back home in Poland, Serian explains, they kept in touch through emails. But just six weeks after she left, she texted Serian on Viber (an app that facilitates international communication through the Internet) and asked her to pick him up from Miami International Airport the following day. "I've got a beautiful New Year's present for you. I'm coming tomorrow," the text to Serian said.