“He looked bad — his clothes were dirty, he was dirty, he looked like a typical homeless man,” said Anastasia Beridze of the Narodna Dopomoha (People’s Help) charity.
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 divorced father of three, also had another goal — finding love with a beautiful East European woman.
THE FORMER write-in candidate for Arizona governor travelled to Ukraine looking for love.
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 travelled 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 today from a hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.